The owner of a boarding house for troubled women owes more than $13,000 in property taxes and is pleading with Waterbury officials to give her more time to pay before the city auctions off the house.
The city intends to auction off the Austin House on Thursday night and Camera Quebec, of Cheshire, said that if the apartment house is sold off, women who seek refuge there from drug abuse, domestic abuse and prostitution will be back on the streets.
The women have nowhere else to go, Quebec said.
City records show Quebec was stuck with an old tax bill that is usually paid by the seller, and her mortgage deal was supposed to pay her city taxes but hasn't.
City officials say there are other places in town for women seeking help.