BANGOR – The city council voted to seize nine properties around Bangor that had not had taxes paid for over one year.
Bangor’s finance director insists residents were given opportunities to set up payment plans, and that the nine properties chosen from a group of 131 had multiple serious issues, and most are vacant.
“It’s not our desire, our wish to take property,” Finance director Debbie Cyr said. “It’s not easy in the state of Maine, nor should it be, but we want our taxpayers to know if they are having financial difficulty, they need to contact us and we’ll work on a payment plan.”
The city will now assess which properties can be refurbished and sold, and which need to be torn down.