Senate unanimously approves bill to penalize negligent property owners

HARRISBURG – Today, the Senate unanimously approved a bipartisan bill introduced by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) to hold negligent property owners, not the taxpayer, accountable for properties that are in the delinquent tax sale process.

Senate Bill 851 amends the Real Estate Tax Sale Law to clarify ownership of these properties, many of which have code violations pending against them.

β€œThe goal of this legislation is to correct the flaw that was made in a 2002 court decision and to place the burden of the costs where it belongs – on negligent property owners of severely blighted properties, not the taxpayer,” stated Argall.

The bill will now move to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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