June 24, 2018
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Judge orders apartment owner to pay Rockland more than $129,000

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A judge has ordered an apartment owner who borrowed money from the city to upgrade his buildings to pay the city more than $129,000.

Justice Jeffrey Hjelm issued a ruling Friday in the lawsuit brought by Rockland against Timothy D. Payson. Justice Hjelm issued an order for Payson to repay the city $129,200 plus interest.

Payson obtained two Community Development Block Grant loans from the city in 2005 for a total of $136,000. He made only a few payments on the loans and then stopped, according to the city.

The money was used to pay for work on two apartment buildings he owns on North Main Street.

The judgment also includes money he owes the city for personal property taxes associated with the apartment buildings.

Rockland City Attorney Kevin Beal said Monday the city wants to work out a payment plan with Payson.

Payson did not immediately return a request for comment Monday afternoon. He was not represented by a lawyer, failed to appear in court on Friday, and did not file a response in court to the city’s lawsuit.

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