KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Former Kansas City mayor Dr. Charles Wheeler will not need to move out of his home, just yet.
Increasing medical bills for his ailing wife left Wheeler behind on about $40,000 in property taxes.
His house off of Ward Parkway was set to be auctioned off on the steps of the Jackson County Courthouse on Thursday afternoon.
Wheeler's story caught the attention of Danny Boi, a disc jockey at Kansas City radio station 96.5 The Buzz, who organized a fundraiser to help Wheeler raise the money needed to save his home.
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But late Thursday morning, Wheeler's mortgage company, James B. Nutter & Company, issued the following statement saying they would not foreclose on the home.
"The last thing we want to do is to foreclose on anyone. Our mission for 62 years at this company has been to help people purchase the home they want, and to help them stay there as long as they want. We have done everything we could, for the longest time, to help Charlie Wheeler keep his home. It is sad, but years of non-payment of property taxes, as required by law, makes it difficult for us to help him anymore. The best thing for Charles to do is find a place to live that is smaller, more manageable and more affordable. We just ask that, after years of promises, Charlie give us his word, in writing, that he will be moved and settled in a new location by July 2013."
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The company is requiring that Wheeler promise, in writing, that he be moved out of the house by July 2013.