Ted White needs help to stay in his Falls Church home and keep the tax man off his back. He has started a GoFundMe to “Save My House”.
Ted, now 79, has a deep resume in the sf field. He is a writer with a dozen books published, former editor of Amazing and Fantastic, a past Worldcon chairman, winner of the Best Fan Writer Hugo, and the 1985 Worldcon fan guest of honor.
Since 1970 I’ve lived in the house in Falls Church, Virginia, in which I grew up. It was built by my parents in 1935 and expanded in 1946. I did extensive remodeling in the ’70s.
The problem is property taxes. They keep going up, and are currently around $12,000 a year (with the threat of a 3% increase). I have paid them out of my dwindling savings, and my savings are now gone. I cannot pay the current (half-annual) bill of $6,048.89, which was due last December.
At my age, opportunities for employment are limited. Currently I work one day a week as the copyeditor of my local weekly newspaper.
I fear becoming homeless. Losing my house is a certainty unless I can keep the property taxes paid, and do the necessary upkeep on the house (it needs painting and a new roof, at a minimum). With the exception of 12 years in New York City, I’ve lived in this house all my life. All my memories (and all my possessions) are here. Losing my house would be devastating.
[Thanks to JJ, Cathy, Glenn Glazer, and Danny Sichel for the story.]