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Missoulians come together to help pay property debt

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A group of Missoulians came together to prevent people's homes from being auctioned off due to unpaid property taxes.

Some of the residents of homes from trailer parks across town have not yet paid their taxes, but with the generous support of the Missoula community their taxes were paid for by Tuesday night. Many of the property debts were about $200, which can be a hardship for low-income people.

Svein Newman started an online GoFundMe Page for more than 160 homes up for auction due to unpaid back taxes to Missoula County.

"It’s unconscionable to me that someone in our community should lose their home that they already own for a debt of less than $200," said Newman.
Newman said that he isn't the only person looking to help out.

"Some guy outside just gave me a $300 check," said Newman to the Missoula County Treasurer.

He said that this is just an example of the community's generosity and willingness to help out.

Newman launched the campaign on Sunday with a modest goal of $1,200.

Two days later, his campaign has raised nearly $10,000 and can help save more than 30 homes from the auction.

Despite the short campaign, Newman could only reflect on what delivering the check to Missoula County could change people's lives.

"There was a woman who reached out to me this morning who is a single mother of two. And her debt is less than $200 and she has been working and working and trying to scrape the money together, but just didn't think she was going to be able to make it happen. And we are going to be able to pay her debt. So that's great," said Newman.

Newman dropped off the final check to Missoula County at 5 PM Tuesday night.

The mobile home auction for the remaining homes was set for Wednesday morning at 9 AM.


13 mobile homes are sold Wednesday in Missoula, due to unpaid taxes to Missoula County.

The auction comes after the Missoula County Clerk and Treasurer's Office posted a list of 160-units last month that owed more than $56,000 in property taxes.

After the announcement of the auction, a group of good Samaritans made donations to a go-fund-me page looking to help pay off these taxes.

Account creator Svein Newman told ABC FOX Montana us he's overwhelmed by the amount of support from the community.

"It kind of snowballed. I mean the original goal was $900. Then it became $1,200 then $2,500… then $5,800. We were trying to make it as far as we could,” said Svien Newman.

Newman said the campaign raised nearly $10,000 and adds the effort helped save more than 30 homes from the auction.

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