FAMILY TROUBLES: Home Lost Over $15K Tax Bill

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A Des Moines family with a sick daughter is about to lose their home because they owe a few thousand dollars in back taxes.

Kelly Stoutenberg is scared.  His 12-year old daughter, Destiny, suffers from painful juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, affecting her back, wrists and other joints.

The fully paid $113,000 home on their quiet south side street was given to the Stoutenberg's by a family member to help them deal with the $1500 monthly bills they have to pay for Destiny's medicine.

They moved in in May but the home came with about $15,000 dollars in back taxes and fees.

Money the Stoutenberg's weren't able to pay.

The debt was bought By Adair Management of Omaha and a lien was placed on the house.

Now, the investment firm is starting the process of kicking the family out.

A three day eviction notice was left on their door.

"It crushed me," Stoutenberg says.  "This is our home.  This is the one place that everything is supposed to be OK."

Polk County Treasurer Mary Maloney is sympathetic but says it's out of her hands now.

"We didn't know anything about any of the circumstances with this case,” Maloney says. “If we would have known we could have referred them to  different agencies that may have been able to help."

The family is asking for more time to pay the debt. The company that paid the taxes and put a lien on the home is not commenting, citing pending litigation.


  • karyn

    Please let us know how we can help. Has an account been set up where people could make donations to the family?

  • Concerned

    The home is not owned by the Stoutenbergs, Adair Holdings took title to the home 10/3, thus why this is an eviction. This family moved in in May, if the house was truly ‘paid for’ why not take a loan against the equity? Home equity loan for $15,000 on a $100,000 home? Any bank or credit union from here to Omaha would take that gamble. This family didn’t pay for the home and didn’t pay the back taxes owed, how did this get the lead on WHO? There are people that have actually been victimized on home dealings in Des Moines…this is not one of those instances.

  • Not Amused

    Really? Sick daughter? You mean the one who is always going skating and running with her friends? This is such a load of ****. The mom (person who gave this house to them) got that house paid for by her husbands lawsuit. Then, was collecting death benefits on behalf of the daughter for her granddaughter in no small amount on top of caring for elder people in that house. Why couldn’t she pay it? I’m sure she could have paid it when her husband died about 2 years ago, with the money she got from him. She took off to another state though with another guy. These guys knew about the bill. There is no reason they couldn’t have paid it. They both work. The kid is not as sick as they are playing it off to be. Oh and moved in in May? Try April 2012.

    • Jessica Davis Stoutenberg

      Please tell me when the last time my daughter went skating I would really like to know seeing’s how you seem to know so much about my family. I do not have to justify my daughter’s illness to you or anyone else for that matter but let me educate you a little about JRA (Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis). Does my daughter have good days yes but let me tell you she has more bad days then she has good days. This disease attacks her joints and there are days she can’t even get out of bed because she is in so much pain. So please before you go attacking my daughter get your facts straight as you do not have a clue as to what she goes through. As for the taxes we never once said we didn’t know about the bill or the fact that it had to be paid. We were under the impression we had more time to pay the back taxes however that turned out not to be the case. It appears that you have some sort of issue with my mother in law and I am going to ask that you please take that up with her and not bash my family behind a computer screen you obviously know us so if you have a problem then come talk to us about it and maybe we could educate you instead of you throwing out false accusations and lies.

  • Lisa Gregory

    Well said Jessica, I’m Praying for your daughter and your family.Would like to know your address or an adtess to send donations.There are a lot of people our here who would like to help. God willing.

  • From others that REALLY need help

    Dont’ send this family any money. They are scammers. It isnt about the daughter at all it is the parents use people all the time with their ‘sad’ stories to get money

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