FIL's property tax bill unpaid
BIL calls up and says FIL's house is listed in the newspaper as being up for auction because he hasn't paid the property taxes.
I confirm this online at the County's web site. The amount is relatively small - $2,700 - and we can easily write a check for it. A flurry of phone calls follows, the most tactful SIL calls him and he says he's going to take care of it by May 1st. According to generic info on the County web site the legal ball starts rolling May 12th. The County office closed at 4:00 PM so I'll call tomorrow and find out what the deal is on that.
Complicating all this is his stubborn and independent character. If he doesn't have the money to pay it I'm not at all certain that he'd admit it. If we pay it he may feel that we're intruding. And, while we could continue to pay it, I think he needs to face the reality that he simply can't afford to stay there if he can't afford the property taxes. The house is paid for, as far as I know he has a small pension and SS for income. His car is paid for, but it's older and has 130k+ miles on it so that issue will arise eventually. Doing without a car in that area is probably not realistic, at least not for long.
In discussions with DW she's all for paying it this time to head off the immediate crisis, but realizes that paying it indefinitely is not going to be a long-term solution more because of the characters involved than the dollar amounts. Perhaps looking at reverse mortgages is in order?
Anybody else run into a similar situation? What did you do, what was the outcome?
I heard the call to do nothing. So I answered it.