It took four years, and tens of thousands of dollars of wasted legal fees, but on Aug. 20, the Commonwealth Court in the state of Pennsylvania declared an elderly homeowner successful in her fight to keep her home in a dispute with Beaver County tax bureaucrats over $6.30 in missed tax payments.
A Pennsylvania widow whose residence was auctioned off because of $6.30 in unpaid interest won a court ruling Monday giving her a chance to argue that she should not lose the $280,000 home.
Leavitt said the state Supreme Court has "emphasized that due process under both the United States and the Pennsylvania Constitutions must be satisfied whenever the government subjects a citizen's property to forfeiture for nonpayment for taxes." - CNBC via Yahoo Finance
It is inconceivable to contemplate how an America citizen could lose their property to a government bureaucracy without due process of law, but it appears that the government is not the only ones seeking to take property through nefarious means. In a court filing back in June in the state of Massachusetts, a whistle blower from Bank of America declared that mortgage bankers were paid bonuses to not assist homeowners in refinancing so that their property would be open to potential foreclosure when the owners could no longer pay.
All of this, at a time when the Obama administration has implemented at least five different mortgage bailout programs to assist homeowners during the current and ongoing recession.
Throughout history, bureaucracies have been the wall that separates government officials from the people they govern, and more often than not, strict written policies overrule common sense in simple matters that can often be worked out in an hour of face to face discussion. And for a widow in Pennsylvania, who made a simple mistake of underpaying her taxes by $6.30, her four year struggle to retain her home was finally successful, but at the cost of tens of thousands of dollars to both her, and the county that failed to assist her.