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Occupy Youngstown protest foreclosure of Pig Iron Press on Friday

Published: Thu, May 3, 2012 @ 11:34 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN ­— Occupy Youngstown will protest the foreclosure of the Pig Iron Press, 26 N. Phelps St. in the city’s downtown, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Jim Villani, owner of the business and an Occupy Youngstown member, failed to pay his property taxes from 2007 to 2009, an amount he said was $4,088.67. The Mahoning County treasurer sold a tax lien on his business to American Tax Funding, a Florida company that buys liens.

ATF began foreclosure proceedings against Pig Iron Press in 2010, but that was stayed when Villani filed for bankruptcy. Villani then withdrew the bankruptcy request and said he paid $9,000 to ATF last year.

But the company had billed him for $16,500 for the unpaid taxes and penalties, and re-filed a foreclosure case against Villani in March.

Villani and Occupy Youngstown object to the compounded late fees, ATF not telling the building owner of his debt before foreclosure proceedings, offering a payment schedule, and that the $9,000 was an effort to meet his debt obligation.

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1georgejeanie(1526 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Sounds typical of this Occupy BS. Let someone else pay taxes so they can support me and my business, while I dont pay my taxes. Sounds like another bleeding heart liberal to me. Id like to know his business philosophy.

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2walter_sobchak(2713 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Maybe he should ask Barry Soetoro for a bailout.

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3valleyred(1103 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

I bet they will meet up at the Lemon Grove beforehand. The very place looking to those big old nasty BANKS to get a loan to buy the Rosetta Stone building.

Hypocrites.... you be the judge!

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4kat0227(6 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Mr. Villani is a neighbor, and not only is his home also in foreclosure, its an eyesore. Its sad, because his father built the house in 1947 and was a key figure in developing the Newport Village & the Boardman Plaza. I don't understand why anyone would dedicate their energy to someone who blatantly disregards caring for his properties. And, yes...I'm sure they convened at the Lemon Grove before...its Hypocrite Central.

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