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High Point Begins Process of Serving and Collecting Against Foster Douglas

11:05 PM, Aug 20, 2013   |    comments
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High Point, NC -- A High Point City Councilman owes the city more than $32,000 but while the judgment has gone unpaid, Councilman Foster Douglas has been making and spending money.

READ: High Point City Councilman Owes City $32,000+

 

As a city councilman, Douglas is currently paid $14,400 in salary and in allowance, annually.

 

According to city emails, Douglas has been paid $60,000 in salary and allowance since he became a councilman in 2008.

That's only one source of income. He also works at Healthcare Partners Homecare in Hampton, Virginia.
 
Public records show Douglas purchased a home in High Point for $89,000 in 2008. 

In 2004, he filed papers saying he couldn't afford to pay the debt he owes the city, according to a city email.

He also filed paperwork that same year that prevents the city from going after some of his property to settle his bill.

It's called a Notice Of Rights to Have Exemptions Designated. 

News 2 could not find any documents that showed the city has placed a lien on any of Douglas' property. The city can do that but state law limits what the city can go after.

What the city can do, and has done, is begin the process of serving and collecting.

The city did this in 2005 but Douglas did not pay.  To this day, he has not paid one dime of the money he's owed for ten years.

It's up to the city of High Point to collect the debt. The court, not law enforcement, will collect the money.

 

Currently, the city cannot garnish Douglas' wages to help alleviate the debt, but a bill in the General Assembly would have changed that.

A bill sponsored by Representative John Faircloth from High Point would allow municipalities to withhold pay from council members who have a judgment against them. The bill did not pass but High Point city leaders expect it to pass next session.

Foster Douglas and his brother sued the city for an alleged civil rights violation ten years ago. The court called the complaint - "unreasonable...frivolous... and without any foundation."

WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower spoke to Councilman Douglas on the phone to ask him when he will settle this debt. He said he wasn't going to answer any questions because he was spending time with his family.  

READ: High Point City Councilman Says He Will Pay Bill, Didn't Say When

Once Douglas is served, he will have 30 days to respond.

WFMY News 2

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