Rochester, N.Y. — It’s not official yet, but Mary Smith could be keeping her Cutler Street home.
Smith hasn’t paid taxes for more than a decade, falling behind some $30,000. Smith said she had every intention of paying her taxes, but suffered poor health, experienced the passing of her husband and inability to hold a steady job.
“That is how it works, I’m not angry but nobody wants to lose what they worked for all those years,” said Smith.
During her career, Smith said she worked for Eastman Kodak and Bausch and Lomb, among other city companies.
Thursday, a group of community supporters met in efforts to help further her cause of saving her house.
“Mary has done a lot for her community,” said Julie Gelfand of Take Back the Land, a community activist group that helps in cases like Smith’s. “She’s lived in her home for 30 years, and over those 30 years she’s devoted herself to the people and neighbors in the community.”
Lien holder American Tax Funding is working with Smith’s attorney on an arraignment that is expected to keep her home off the auction block. It was scheduled to be up for auction February 26, according to Smith.
There has also been some assistance from city government, according to Councilwoman Carloee Conklin. While the city does not look to become involved with situations like this one, Conklin said there has been an effort to aide Smith’s goal of keeping her home.
A message left for a city spokesman wasn’t returned Thursday night.
American Tax Funding was not immediately available for comment.