Calling property taxes “unethical, unchristian-like and above all, it is thievery,” tax protester Steven Piotrowski finally paid off his 2013 Montgomery County property taxes this week, preventing a sheriff’s sale at the last minute. He would not, however, go quietly. He initially decided to make a statement by paying off his bill with 83,160 pennies.
In the lingo of the mortgage trade, a “zombie property” occurs when a foreclosure case has been filed but is not resolved for a period of more than three years, resulting in an abandoned structure that falls into disrepair, thus bringing blight to its neighborhood. Two states have announced new initiatives that are designed to address this issue–but their respective solutions offer extremely different approaches to the problem.