Pa. Supreme Court upholds reversal of house's tax sale over $6.30 bill


HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld an appeals court decision reversing the sale of a widow's home that was triggered by a $6.30 tax bill.

The Beaver County Times reports the court issued its ruling Tuesday.

The state Supreme Court denied an appeal of a December Commonwealth Court decision that the tax sale of Eileen Battisti's $280,000 home in western Pennsylvania wasn't valid because the Beaver County Tax Claim Bureau didn't offer a repayment plan as required by law.

Buyer S.P. Lewis and the county Tax Claim Bureau filed the appeal.

The court says Battisti struggled to cope with maintaining her finances after her husband's 2004 death.

The sale was held after the tax bill grew to $235 by late 2011, when the property was sold for about $116,000.