Man says city taking house over $50 tax bill

BRIDGEPORT - (AP) - A Haitian immigrant says he's losinghis home in Connecticut because he owes $50 in back taxes.

The city of Bridgeport is foreclosing on Jean Castro'ssingle-family home because of the unpaid taxes, which total $51.69.A judge last week approved the foreclosure and ordered the home tobe sold in December.

Castro says the city sent him a notice that he owed back taxesand he forwarded it to his mortgage company, which pays hisproperty taxes.

The mortgage company ended up paying $3,000 in back taxes,leaving the small balance.

The city's lawyer says by the time he learned about the paymentit was too late, because the foreclosure had started and the cityhad racked up more than $3,000 in legal costs and fees.

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