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Donors help save family's home in Manatee County

September 7, 2013
Associated Press

PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) — A Manatee County family was on the verge of losing their home because of a tax bill glitch, but dozens of donors have stepped forward.

The Herald Tribune ( reports that Karen Laffler and her family were on the brink of losing the home because a developer failed to pay the appropriate property taxes.

The home, which is valued at $91,000, was custom-built for their needs and donated to them in 2006. Laffler is wheelchair-bound from a stroke that she suffered several years ago. Her daughter, Amanda, was born with spina bifida and also cannot walk.

After a story in the Herald-Tribune, 58 area donors raised $40,560 that the family needed to buy back the home from an investor who had acquired it at the recent tax auction.


Information from: Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune,



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