Town of Paris issues 500 notices for liens, accounting for 18% of taxable property

Posted June 10, 2014, at 6:23 a.m.

PARIS, Maine — Unpaid taxes are increasing at a steady rate even as town officials work toward economic growth and lower tax rates.

The town, population 4,800, issued 500 30-day notices for liens this year, up 82 from the year before, representing 18.6 percent of all taxable real estate.

From July 1, 2013, unpaid taxes amounted to $486,445.07, a 20 percent increase over last year, according to Town Clerk Elizabeth Knox.

According to Town Manager Amy Bernard, over the past three years, the town has sent out a consistent 80 additional liens compared to the prior year.

“We’d definitely like to see it lower,” Bernard said. “It seems like a lot; I won’t lie.”

Whether from an incorrect check or missing payment deadlines, Bernard said typically half of all liens will be paid in the 30-day window before they become permanent.

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