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April 4, 1989 | By Russell E. Eshleman Jr., Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
Once upon a time, as the heavyweight boxing champion of the world, he could float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. In his heyday, he could beat Sonny Liston and Joe Frazier and George Foreman and Leon Spinks. These days, Muhammad Ali has to settle for smaller victories - which is exactly what he got yesterday in Commonwealth Court, where the former champ scored a 3-0 decision on a Montgomery County tax-sale dispute. The court voted to uphold a decision in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court on a 3 1/2-year-old case in which a two-bedroom, single-family home owned by Ali on West Levering Mill Road in Lower Merion was sold at a sheriff's sale.
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April 30, 2009 | By Jan Hefler INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Gloucester County real estate broker who acquired a closed thermometer factory in a tax sale and then rented it to Kiddie Kollege Day Care had not been properly notified by township officials that the building was contaminated, according to a written ruling issued yesterday. State Superior Court Judge James E. Rafferty voided the deed, which means Jim Sullivan III and his family businesses are not liable for the demolition and cleanup of the Franklin Township site, estimated at more than $1 million and ordered by the state.
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July 14, 1995 | By Jan Hefler, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Faced with the loss of $600,000 in delinquency taxes and water and sewer bills from its biggest taxpayer - Sutton Towers - the borough yesterday filed an unusual court motion to reverse the effect of a bankruptcy filed by the apartment owner last month. Borough Solicitor James M. Vodges 3d said the motion asks U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Gloria Burns for permission to hold a tax sale of the 1,035-unit high- rises on the White Horse Pike. When Sutton Towers Associates, the Claymont, Del., firm that owns the high-rises, filed for Chapter 11 protection, a pending tax sale was canceled.
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September 19, 1991 | By Frank Brown, Special to The Inquirer
The 12 parcels of land owned by the Country Lakes Community Association are scheduled to be on a list of Pemberton Township properties up for tax sale Sept. 27. The association, which oversees community property in the 1,400-home Country Lakes development, owes about $10,000 in 1990 taxes on the parcels, said Helen Kemp, a Realtor and second vice president of the association. During a tax sale, tax certificates - essentially liens - are offered for purchase, township officials said.
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September 20, 1987 | By Mary Anne Janco, Special to The Inquirer
The Edgmont Township Board of Supervisors has agreed to work with homeowners in the Deep Meadows residential development to preserve 11.9 acres of open space that is scheduled for a county tax sale Sept. 28. Township manager David A. Malman told the board that the open space in the Deep Meadows development on Middletown Road was up for sale because $422.55 in county taxes had not been paid. The Deep Meadows Homeowners Association is responsible for the land, township officials said at the meeting Wednesday night.
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May 7, 1992 | By Lisa Schwartz, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Voorhees Township's successful tax sale, which yielded almost $1.5 million, will help the township balance its 1992 budget and avoid a local property tax increase, according to township officials. "The tax sale had a very important impact," said Voorhees Mayor Pamela J. Hammer. "It will allow us to still continue with many of the programs we tentatively (scheduled). " Hammer said revenue from the tax sale, combined with the township's tight reign on 1991 spending, would keep taxes at last year's rate of 34.4 cents per $100 of assessed value.
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July 7, 1991 | By Gordon Mayer, Special to The Inquirer
Economic hard times and the budget crunch are forcing Delran to put more pressure on delinquent taxpayers by advancing the date of its annual tax sale, Township Administrator Jeff Hatcher said. Delinquent taxpayers in Delran this year have 2 1/2 months less to pay up or face collection of their taxes plus interest because of a change in state law, Hatcher said. Delran's tax sale, where investors bid to "buy" the amount of property tax that delinquent property owners owe for the privilege of collecting up to 20 percent interest, will come July 17 this year.
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March 22, 2013 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Correction: This story was corrected to clarify the sale is for a tax note, not the property. Cherry Hill Township says the bankrupt Woodcrest Country Club has more than $161,000 in property taxes owed or coming due and is asking a court to allow a tax sale. In papers filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Camden, the township is asking Judge Judith Wizmur to lift an automatic stay barring such a sale. The township said the country club owes $106,000 in real estate taxes for the two most recent quarters and has an additional $53,200 due May 1. Cherry Hill said the club also owes $3,100 in sewer charges.
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June 7, 1994 | By Karin Braedt, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The White Horse Lounge, a go-go bar with a history of arousing the wrath of local residents, has not paid its sewer bill and faces another date with local authorities. As of yesterday, the bar on the White Horse Pike owed $14,408 in back sewer charges to the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, according to officials. If the owner doesn't pay the bill by June 24, that same day the tax lien will be auctioned at a public tax sale at the borough's municipal building. The borough's tax collector, Howard Brown, said the amount due represents fees and penalties for the fiscal year 1993.
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December 4, 1987 | By TYREE JOHNSON, Daily News Staff Writer
Frances Basey, 77, said she always pays her rent, but now she fears she might find herself out in the cold because her landlord owes the city $3,400 in back taxes. The small two-story home where she has lived for 15 years on St. Albans Street near 20th in South Philadelphia is one of about 1,200 tax-delinquent properties listed for the most massive sheriff's sale in recent years, part of the city's attempt to collect about $5 million in back taxes. "I'm too old to start worrying about things now," said Basey, who has lived and worked in South Philadelphia most of her life.
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May 14, 2013 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sun and water go hand in hand, and for many South Jersey families summer is all about waves, sand, and a boardwalk. But for thousands the cool wet stuff has a whiff of chlorine - and it's just around the corner, at a neighborhood swim club. Memorial Day weekend marks the start of pool season for most of the 45 clubs dotting Gloucester, Camden and Burlington Counties, nearly all of them nonprofit associations where preparations are already under way. At clubs with such names as Sunnybrook, Pomona, Pheasant Run and Barclay Farm, members can be found this weekend and next scraping the hot dog grills, repainting the race lane markers, and setting up umbrellas and chaises.
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May 10, 2013 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the second time in three years, the historic Nile Swim Club in Yeadon was set to be sold in a tax sale, and for the second time in three years, a last-minute reprieve saved the club. In 2010, a bankruptcy filing staved off creditors. In December, a deed mix-up halted the scheduled sale. Then last month, a trio of baby boomers who grew up at the nation's first African American-owned private swim club took over the Nile's leadership. The group is planning a business-oriented strategy that it hopes will put an end to the financial troubles that have crippled the 54-year-old club, founded because a nearby pool admitted whites only.
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April 10, 2013
Cherry Hill has agreed to put on hold its motion to force a tax sale of Woodcrest Country Club pending an auction arranged by a bankruptcy trustee. Township solicitor Robert Wright said at a hearing Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Camden that it was in the township's best interests for the May 20 auction to move forward, with proceeds used to pay Cherry Hill $160,000 it says it is owed in taxes. Cherry Hill Land Associates, a subsidiary of First Montgomery Group of Marlton, has agreed to buy the 155-acre property for $6.25 million.
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March 23, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
A bankruptcy trustee has entered into an agreement with a Marlton real estate group to buy the Woodcrest Country Club for $6.25 million, according to a motion filed Friday. The agreement reached by trustee Bonnie Glantz Fatell and Cherry Hill Land Associates L.L.C., a subsidiary of First Montgomery Group AMO, will be subject to better bids for the Cherry Hill golf club, according to Fatell's motion, which proposes terms for an auction to be held May 20. A hearing on the motion is scheduled for April 1 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Camden.
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March 22, 2013 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Correction: This story was corrected to clarify the sale is for a tax note, not the property. Cherry Hill Township says the bankrupt Woodcrest Country Club has more than $161,000 in property taxes owed or coming due and is asking a court to allow a tax sale. In papers filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Camden, the township is asking Judge Judith Wizmur to lift an automatic stay barring such a sale. The township said the country club owes $106,000 in real estate taxes for the two most recent quarters and has an additional $53,200 due May 1. Cherry Hill said the club also owes $3,100 in sewer charges.
NEWS
March 12, 2013
Rats, fleas, and roaches thrive in the city's abandoned, tax-delinquent properties. Often loaded with garbage inside and out, the structures are more prone to fires than occupied buildings. They harbor drug dealers and their stashes. And they soak up precious city resources, such as the taxpayer money ultimately required to demolish the most dangerous of them. Beyond their extensive costs to public health and safety, these properties rob the city of millions in tax dollars that could be used to improve city services and help the drowning School District.
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August 1, 2012 | By Annette John-Hall, Inquirer Columnist
Lamont Ferrell thought it would be fitting to celebrate his brother's memory by getting the old gang back together in their hometown borough of Yeadon, where they had made so many treasured childhood memories. So Ferrell, 46, a screenwriter for such shows as Tyler Perry's House of Payne and Girlfriends who flew in from Atlanta, organized a reunion on Facebook of everybody who knew Jamar Ferrell, who died way too soon of cancer at age 42 in January. Soon, a gathering of 40-somethings morphed into a full-blown Yeadon reunion, open to all. The venue?
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April 22, 2012 | Keith Richardson is revenue commissioner of Philadelphia
After a highly successful tax amnesty program in 2010 and reorganization efforts in the Sheriff's Office, Philadelphia has been ramping up its property-tax collection efforts, doubling the number of delinquent properties taken to sheriff's sale and collecting far more tax revenue without resorting to the expensive tax-sale process. The City Revenue Department and its two cocounsel collection firms have been strategic and tough. We call and send targeted mail to tax delinquents, telling them that they must pay in full or sign payment agreements.
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April 13, 2012 | By Patrick Kerkstra, For The Inquirer
Two years ago, Philadelphia offered its legions of tax deadbeats a once-in-a-generation chance at amnesty: a 54-day window to settle their accounts without paying a dime in penalties and only half the interest owed the city. The Nutter administration warned that after the carrot of the amnesty was taken away, a big, heavy enforcement stick would follow. Property-tax delinquents were singled out. After the amnesty period expired, sheriff's auctions of tax-delinquent parcels would soar, from a trickle of about 90 a month to roughly 600, the city said.
NEWS
November 3, 2011
Who says it's time to retire longtime Register of Wills Ronald R. Donatucci? He does - and that's just what Philadelphia voters should do on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Donatucci, seeking his umpteenth term in the row office that issues marriage licenses and maintains records related to wills and estates, is signed up for the controversial retirement perk known as DROP. After his present term ends, he'll pocket a tidy lump-sum payment in addition to qualifying for a generous monthly pension.
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