YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace says that he will pay the town the almost $12,000 in back property taxes he owes, according to lohud.com.
Grace has been behind on his taxes on the land he owns on Hanover Street dating back to 2013 according to the town's receiver of taxes, Barbara Korsak, said lohud.com.
According to lohud.com, in the past, Yorktown was different than other Westchester municipalities, such as Ossining and New Rochelle, where state laws are used to force a property owner to pay up, or face foreclosure.
Grace's predecessor, Susan Siegel, changed the way taxes were collected in 2010 and collected more than $1.4 million in back taxes, said lohud.com.
When Grace took office in 2012, he went back to the old way of looser collection habits, added lohud.com.
By 2013, lohud.com said Grace had stopped paying his back taxes and blamed it on costs associated with treatment for his son's substance abuse problems, reported lohud.com.
He also said once he sold his house, which is on the market, he would pay his tax bill, they added.
Recently, when pressed by lohud.com, Grace had set-up a new two-year repayment agreement with the town. He made a down payment of $2,960 and will make monthly payments of $370 for 24 months, said lohud.com.