Annie Cathey has a tough job. As the clerk in charge of delinquent taxes in Missoula County, Montana, she has to foreclose on people’s homes when they don’t pay property taxes.
NBC Montana reports 30-40 homes in trailer parks got saved from the auction block thanks to the kindness of an anonymous stranger, who paid off their $9,600 in back property taxes .
Cathey was relieved, and confessed to NBC:
“I just was upset that people were going to lose their homes for such a small amount of money.”
Cathey explained to The Missoulian that the payments were due by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, and homes that weren’t paid up would get foreclosed on and auctioned off by the County Wednesday morning. Then — at the 11th hour and on condition that she keep his identity secret — a “gentleman” paid off the entire amount with a cashier’s check.
“A gentleman showed up at my office at 8:30 this morning and wanted to take care of it.”
The auction still took place on Wednesday, but bidders only had a dozen or so trailer homes to choose from. These had gone to auction repeatedly over the years and their owners had probably already abandoned them.
Sharon Pendleton lives in one of these trailer parks and, although she paid her taxes, told NBC she shares Cathey’s relief that her neighbors can stay.
“I think it’s wonderful. These people would have paid those taxes had they had the money, so some nice person helped them out.”
Watch Cathey discuss the anonymous donor with NBC Montana.
h/t Daily Kos.