"I was very happy to pay it, to tell you the truth," he said Tuesday. "If I owed it, I wanted to pay it."
The money covering several years of taxes became due after he lost the homestead break on the home in the 3900 block of Bareva Road. Interest and penalties accounted for $842 of the $3,641 he paid, according to the city.
In August, Conaway told a reporter he had no idea he was receiving breaks on both the Bareva property, which he rents out, and his residence on Liberty Heights Avenue. An individual is entitled to only one homestead credit, and it must be the person's principal residence.
"I wasn't trying to get away with not paying taxes or taking a credit I should not have," he said Tuesday. "That's kind of ridiculous. Had I known earlier, I could have saved myself a lot of money."
A mayoral candidate at the time, he said he immediately began trying to pay but "nobody wanted to take the money." Conaway says the city never sent him a revised bill — a claim disputed by finance officials.
"We have mailed the revised bills," Henry Raymond, deputy finance director, said in December. "Any time we make an adjustment to the account, a revised bill's automatically generated."