Judge rules High Point city councilman won’t have to pay back city debt

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High Point City Councilman Foster Douglas

HIGH POINT, N.C. — The likelihood of City Councilman Foster Douglas ever paying back a debt owed to the city took a big hit Monday, according to the High Point Enterprise.

According to the report, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Benjamin A. Kahn confirmed Douglas’ Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection plan. This plan keeps the City of High Point off the list of creditors that will be paid in the settlement.

Douglas’ proposal to pay $1,125 per month for five years to Bank of America, the Internal Revenue Service and the North Carolina Department of Revenue was approved by Kahn.

Douglas owes $32,216 in a federal judgment to the city. The city is considered an “unsecured creditor,” the report said. The debt settlement is not expected to be sufficient to pay Douglas’ unsecured creditors.

If Douglas agrees to the terms of the plan, the debt to the city will be “discharged,” meaning he will not have to pay it back.

Douglas filed for bankruptcy Dec. 16, 2013, to prevent his home from being auctioned off.

The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office had planned to auction off the home to settle the debt with the City of High Point.

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.

Read more: High Point Enterprise


  • Frank

    So, the legal system said Douglas had to pay the city after an apparent frivolous lawsuit. The same legal system, through bankruptcy, is used by Douglas to keep from paying the city.

    A perfect example of what is wrong with the legal system. Not to mention the number of law schools within a 1.5 hr drive of Greensboro.

    • David

      Yes, having fewer people around who have knowledge of the law is definitely the most desirable outcome for everyone. Let’s get rid of the law schools, first. Then, repeal the bankruptcy act! Bring back debtor’s prison! Better yet, penal servitude!

      • Will Grant

        Epic overreaction to the previous post, “David.” Sorry if your hero is embarrassed by his lack of character shown by not being man enough to pay his bills.

  • No More

    My guess is he won’t ever pay most of it back. He has abused the system like so many others. Ex mayor in Greensboro comes to mind

  • Laura Vuncannon

    This is bs, if you do not pay your power bill the city of hp will take your state tax refund, so why is it not secure, I am sure alot of folks would like their refunds back

  • comeonnow


  • chucky1992

    He should not be qable to keep the house if he can’t pay his debts. “If Douglas agrees to the terms of the plan”, what a joke. If he doesn’t agree to those terms, he’s more of an idiot than I thought.

    • chucky1992

      Whoops. … able to keep… NC needs a law that prohibits people from running for, or holding a public office if you have unpaid government debts more than 2 years old or pending criminal charges.

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