Tuesday, October 4, 2022

GoFundMe campaign created for disabled veteran at risk of losing family land

Connie Begly of James City County created GoFundMe campaign Thursday on behalf of Kimberly Winn, a disabled Army veteran who stands to lose two acres of family property in Toano if she is unable to pay $2,431.67 to the James City County Treasurer's Office by Friday.
Connie Begly of James City County created a GoFundMe campaign Thursday on behalf of Kimberly Winn, a disabled Army veteran who stands to lose two acres of family property in Toano if she is unable to pay $2,431.67 to the James City County Treasurer’s Office by Friday.

A James City County resident and daughter of a disabled veteran has created a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for Kimberly Winn, a disabled Army veteran who stands to lose two acres of family property in Toano if she is unable to pay $2,431.67 to the James City County Treasurer’s Office by Friday evening.

After reading a WYDaily article about Winn, Connie Begly reached out to report she had created a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money to pay off Winn’s debt. 

“My dad was a disabled veteran,” she said.  “I know how difficult it can be when you’re on a limited income and my heart went out to her.”

Winn managed to pay off the back taxes on her property in January. However, she was delinquent $2,431.67 in attorney fees, guardian ad litem fees, commissioner fees. Virginia law allows local governments to auction property delinquent on fees.

Winn’s only source of income is her disability compensation through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, she said. 

James City County Treasurer Jennifer Tomes said her department received at least one call Thursday morning from a resident wishing to make a payment on Winn’s behalf.

While the deadline for Winn to make a payment is Friday, she has until the day of the auction to produce the funds and retain her property, Tomes said. An auction has not yet been scheduled.

Tomes confirmed that citizens could call and make payments toward Winn’s debt. The number for the treasurer’s department is 757-253-6705.  

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