HIGH POINT, N.C. – The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office will auction off High Point City Councilman Foster Douglas’ home in an effort to make him pay a $32,000 debt he owes the city.
The debt dates back to 2002, when Douglas and his brother sued the City of High Point. A judge ruled against the brothers, then ordered them to pay the city’s legal fees.
The City of High Point has since hired an outside law firm to handle the 10-year-old case.
“Notices have been given, opportunities have been given to pay the debt. That still hasn't happened,” said Bruce Ashley, attorney with Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLC.
As of Thursday, Ashley says the Douglas brothers have only paid $400.
The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office has seized the brothers’ homes, and the properties will be auctioned off to the highest bidder on Tuesday, Dec. 17.
“This isn't solely a city process. If anyone obtains a judgment against you and you do not pay it, then you subject yourself to this process,” said Ashley.
Ashley says the brothers have recently offered to pay the city back in small payments over time.
“Once we get to this point, that's too late. That may have been appropriate a decade ago, but it's not now,” said Ashley.
The City of High Point says the sale of his house will not affect whether Foster Douglas can continue to serve on the City Council.
Despite multiple requests, neither Foster Douglas or his brother Jerry Douglas were available for comment.