ROCKLAND — Rockland filed the fewest number of liens on record against property owners who have not paid taxes.

The city filed 71 liens on Monday, Oct. 25 for unpaid taxes. This is down from 128 filed in 2021. The 71 breaks the previous record low of 109 filed in 2002.

The most liens ever filed in Rockland was 387 in 1992 during the height of a nationwide economic recession.

The total amount of 2021 property taxes unpaid is $247,434, which includes the interest that has accumulated.

The largest lien was filed against Orchid LLC., which owns the Lincoln Street Center on Lincoln Street. Orchid owes $25,823 on the building that had previously been Rockland High School and Rockland District Junior High School. Orchid leases spaces in the building to artists and other individuals.

Orchid has been negotiating with the city for the past few years to lower their property assessment, but no agreement has been reached. The property is assessed at $1,139,200. Orchid purchased the building in 2012.

The second largest lien filed Monday was against the Maine Lighthouse Museum for its share of the 1 Park Drive building. The Museum lost its tax-exempt status in 2020 when it began leasing space to profit-making entities. Since then, the Museum has also leased space to the Park Street Grille.

The Museum owes $21,339 in property taxes. The property is assessed at $982,500. The Museum has owned its nearly 16,000 square feet of the 1 Park Drive building since 2007.

The third largest lien filed Monday was against J.W. Clark LLC., which owns 30 School St., which is the former Heritage Office Building. The lien totals $14,958. The property is assessed at $659,700.

The property owners with liens have 18 months to pay off the taxes or automatic foreclosure will occur as required by state law. The liens are on bills mailed last October.