Occupy Youngstown protests foreclosures

Occupy Youngstown protests foreclosures

YOUNGSTOWN — Seven Occupy Youngstown participants came out in support today to Jim Villani, a fellow OY member facing foreclosure on his downtown business.

The protest started at 11 a.m. and will continue until 2 p.m. outside Villani’s business, the Pig Iron Press, 26 N. Phelps St. Villani said he expects 34 people to participate in the protest until it ends.

Villani failed to pay his property taxes of $4,088.67 from 2007 to 2009. The Mahoning County treasurer’s office sold a tax lien to American Tax Funding, a Florida company.

Villani paid $9,000 to ATF in January, but the company says he owes $16,500 for the unpaid taxes and compounded-interest penalties.

“If this was happening because he was being intentionally defiant, that’s one thing, but he didn’t have the money,” said Diana Shaheen, one of the OY supporters supporting Villani. “If it happens to someone like Jim, who gives so much to the community, who’s next?”

The Pig Iron Press provides photocopies and office services and also is a thrift store.

For the complete story, read Saturday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com

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