BANGOR – As of tomorrow , The City of Bangor will be mailing 600 foreclosure notices for unpaid utilities to property owners.
“I know in total between taxes, storm water and sewer – we are looking about 419,000 that includes principle, interest and all liens fees,” said David Little, a tax collector for the city, “That’s the combination of the three together.”
This will be the first time since 2011 that the city is issuing notices to property owners who owe money for their 2014 sewer, storm water and 2015 real estate tax accounts.
“It might be a little higher than normal because people might have not have assumed that we would continue with the liens process. This might be the first notice that some people are getting regarding that and we are hoping they are going to take it seriously,” said Little.
According to Little, these property owners have received numerous notices.
“We’re hoping that this encourages people to come in and talk with us and maybe workout a payment arrangement,” he said, “We prefer not to take property if we can, but the lien process allows us to perfect those charges that are due. The city will legally become the owner of the property once those leans mature.”
City Councilor Ben Sprague says the city has to rely on prompt payment of taxes to pay its bills and provide services.
“If they want to get rehab loans or try to sell the property, that will cloud the title and will be an issue until we get paid,” said Little, “You also run the risks that the City Council might make the decision that we need to really enforce this because it’s unfair to other tax payers and we may need to start taking property. We already have taken some in the last few years.”