Local Schools Using Aggressive Tax Collection Methods

MOON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — School districts in the region are resorting to teacher layoffs and building closures to make up for state funding cuts, but they are also reluctantly enlisting sheriff deputies to help bridge budget gaps.

The districts are now aggressively pursuing property tax delinquents and bringing them to sheriff’s sale.

Sheriff Deputy Jules Kaye posted a handful of sheriff sale notices initiated by the Moon Area School District, but countywide, the numbers are eye-popping.

In the upcoming September and October sheriff sales, school districts have brought actions against 96 homeowners in Allegheny County.

That includes 15 tax sales initiated by the Woodland Hills School District; 14 by Penn Hills, 9 by North Hills and eight by Carlynton.

Janet Burkardt of the Ira Weiss Law Firm, which represents several districts, says the schools have come to this point reluctantly.

“This is something that needs to be done,” she said. “It’s not a pleasant task, but in all fairness to everyone, it needs to be done.”

Burkhardt notes that people can avoid losing their homes by paying up their taxes, but she says those facing sheriff sales have already ignored repeated warnings and it may take the arrival of a sheriff deputy to get their attention.

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    This is just WRONG. First off, most of the people in these districts are elderly, or do not have a ton of income. They can’t afford the amount of the school taxes that are raised for poor quality schools. And believe me, from what I have been told by colleges, universities and other people, there is no school district worth the taxes in this state. The schools were better years ago and the taxes were not the cause. Cut costs in things that are not school related. Sports for one. I don’t send my kids to school to play games. They can do that after school.

    • Anonymous

      Totally aggree with you.


      You have options. If you don’t want to pay your taxes then rent. Why should everyone else pay them and certain pepole be exused. If your elderly and you can’t afford your taxes, THEN GET OUT TO THE OLD FOLKS HOME!

      • Chute you

        One day you’ll be in that position and how will you feel? Maybe you should move into an old folks home now.

  • schwartzer

    The Constitution says nothing about real estate taxes. Pure theft. Watch swindling the goyim on YT both episodes.

  • Anonymous

    Oh goody why dont we go thank tom corbett. such a wonderful guy spending state money on other things instead of going toward education…

  • Mr. Bill

    Real Estat Taxes to support schols is just wrong.
    All taxes should be based on the ability to pay not the value of a persons possesions.
    Our senior citizens worked hard all their life to pay for their homes and now you want them kicked to the curb.
    Reminder, if they can’t pay their taxes, they sure as hell can’t pay to live in a “old folks home”. They become another burden for the tax payers.

  • sms

    how about if you got kids going to school – you pay for it. It may come as a surprise that some people live in district and pay property (ahem school taxes) for really no services rendered.

    how about doubling or tripling those people sending 2 or more kids to school and see how that works.

  • stop

    its a shame – i have heard people say they own there homes and i just laugh and say you really think you own that house? try not paying your school tax and see how long you own that house.
    eventually a man with a gun will show up at your door.
    thats what i call freedom.

  • Bill

    Its a shame that are new Governor was paid off by marcellus shale industry. If we taxed the marcellus shale industry every home owner would see at least a 75% savings or more on their school taxes.



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  • Jimmy

    Corbett promised no new taxes. what do you not understand/ arey ou a jig?

  • PAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Pay up or get out, bums

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