Charles Wheeler, a former Mayor of KCMO and all around great guy, is currently in danger of losing his home.
Thursday, Wheeler’s home of more than 40 years is set to be auctioned off on the steps of the Jackson County Courthouse.
“A lot of my equity has been drained out of it because of my wife’s illness,” Wheeler, 86, said Thursday.
Wheeler’s lawyer agrees with mortgage company owner Jim Nutter Sr. that the issue centers on about $40,000 in tax and insurance payments dating back at least two years. Nutter says Wheeler failed to make the payments. Wheeler’s lawyer, Greg Leyh of Gladstone, said a dispute exists over who was to supposed to make those payments.
Said Nutter: “I’ve never gone this long for anybody. He’s my world record.”
A reverse mortgage on the home originated with James B. Nutter and Co. and was secured in a deed filed in 2007. Public records show Nutter paid property taxes on the home the last two years.
Wheeler, both a doctor and lawyer by training, was elected mayor in 1971 and served two terms. During his tenure, Crown Center, Kansas City International Airport and Worlds of Fun opened. The downtown airport is named after him. He’s also a former state senator.
The Royals are honoring Wheeler partly because he was mayor when then-Royals Stadium opened on April 10, 1973.
Wheeler is hopeful that he and his lawyer can stave off the auction and arrange for him and his wife to stay in their West 53rd Street home until July 1. That’s when a duplex opens up on Pennsylvania Avenue, where he plans to move. The couple is looking forward to no longer needing to navigate stairs.
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