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.