HIGH POINT, N.C. -- After 10 years of avoiding paying a more than $32,000 debt, Councilman Foster Douglas no longer owes the city of High Point one penny.
A federal judge granted Douglas' motion to avoid the lien the city has on his property, effectively wiping away the councilman's decade-old debt.
United States Bankruptcy Judge Benjamin Kahn issued the order on Monday.
Douglas filed Chapter 13 bankruptcy in December - the day before the city of High Point planned to auction his home to pay down his debt.
That filing stopped the sale of his house and has now indefinitely postponed the city's payday.
Instead of paying High Point, Douglas will pay $1,125 a month to a trustee who will then pay the IRS, Bank of America, and the state Department of Revenue.
The High Point city attorney told WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower there are really no options left for the city to seek this money. The only way it can go after Douglas for the unpaid debt is if Douglas defaults on his bankruptcy payment plan.
In 2003, a federal judge ordered Douglas and his brother, Jerry Douglas, to pay the legal fees of the city of High Point after losing a suit against them. It was only $19,000 then, but that debt grew to more than $32,000 with interest.