ROCKLAND, Maine — The number of liens placed on properties Monday for nonpayment of taxes is at its highest mark in 13 years.
The city filed liens Monday at the Knox County Registry of Deeds on 187 properties, according to Rockland Tax Collector Susan St. Clair.
That number is up from 183 liens filed last year, 182 in 2010 and 166 in 2009.
The lowest number of liens for Rockland came in 2002 when 109 were filed. The most was in 1992 when 387 were filed. Part of that reduction since 1992 was the result of banks requiring escrow accounts through which tax payments have been made.
The 2012 liens in Rockland are the most since 1999 when 207 liens were filed.
The amount of property taxes owed this year in Rockland is $492,000, the tax collector said. The property with the largest lien on the list is a commercial property at 56 New County Road owned by Lewis Family Properties Ltd.
If the taxes are not paid, the liens will remain on through March 2014 when the properties will automatically be foreclosed on by the city.