MISSOULA – Dozens of Missoula area mobile homes are on the auction block for delinquent property taxes this week.
But if the homeowners can’t scrape up the money, they might be in luck, because one member of the community has stepped up to help.
“It seems unconscionable to me that someone should have to lose a home that they already own because of a $200 bill, especially in a community that is really working on affordable housing and prioritizing those issues right now," said Steve Newman who has organized a fundraiser to help out.
Newman said that while it would be impossible for many people to come in and cover all of the debts, although that has happened before, he knew people besides himself would be interested in chipping in $25, $50 or even $100 bucks to help out.
They were aiming to raise $5,000 to help as many property owners as possible but had already raised $5,200 as of Tuesday morning. Missoula County officials will use the money to pay off debts from the smallest amount on up to make the largest impact.
The deadline for payment is 5 p.m. on Tuesday. and the remaining delinquent mobile homes will be auctioned off Wednesday at 9 a.m. Click here if you’d like to donate to the fundraiser.