MONTESANO, Wash. - A County mistake could cost the City of Hoquiam nearly 10 thousand dollars, or the city will have to go after Habitat for Humanity for a lien on their thirteenth home. "They have made the mistake, and all of the sudden we have to clear the ledger. If they'd done the job right to begin with we'd have been taken care of, paid for through a grant." Hoquiam Mayor Jack Durney explained, when the county auctioned a peice of property to Neighborworks, they overlooked an abatement lien until after a 70 thousand dollar home was built on the property by habitat.
"It's unfortunate that we're in this position. Certainly we don't want the city to take a loss but we're in the same position, we don't know what else to do."
Attorney David Mistachkin said Habitat can't sell the home, dedicated earlier this summer to the Sebastion family, until the problem is resolved. Durney said the city could either forgive the lien, or come to an agreement with Habitat, the Hoquiam Council on Monday voted to review the matter at their next meeting.