Texana Hollis was evicted Monday and her belongings were placed outside the home. Her son, Warren Hollis, said that he didn't pay the bill for several years and disregarded eviction notices.
"I kept it from her because I didn't want to worry her," Warren Hollis told WXYZ-TV for a report that aired Monday night. "I was just so sure it wasn't going to happen."
Wayne County Chief Deputy Treasurer David Szymanski told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Hollises took out an adjustable-rate mortgage in 2002. A default and foreclosure notice was filed in November.
"They ended up owing $80,000 on the home," Szymanski said. "Warren indicates he did not make the payments. He got the notices, but threw them away."
County records show that property taxes were paid on the home through Summer 2010. A winter tax bill of $55.95, including interest and fees, was unpaid, and a $778.44 summer tax bill was due this month.
A neighbor was letting Texana and Warren Hollis live in a rental house across the street from the home they shared, and Texana Hollis' belongings were being moved there. Others, including a nonprofit organization, were working to get her back into her home.
On Monday night, she was taken to a hospital for evaluation after she became disoriented.
Szymanski said that county officials were asking questions and looking into what they can do to help. He said that the county has worked with 10,000 taxpayers to keep them from going into .
"The teachable moment here is for people not to stick their head in the sand," he said.
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