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Rockland files fewest liens in 15 years

By Stephen Betts | Sep 15, 2020

Rockland — Despite a pandemic that has hammered the local and worldwide economy, Rockland property owners were able to pay their tax bills on time at the highest level in 15 years.

Rockland placed liens Monday on 128 properties for delinquent property taxes. That is the fewest liens filed by Rockland since 2005 when 114 were filed. The fewest filed was in 2002 when there were 109.

The 128 filed this year was down from 148 in 2019 and 169 in 2018.

The most were filed in 1992 when there were 387 liens.

The liens filed Sept. 14 were for property taxes billed last fall.

The owners have 18 months to pay the back taxes, interest and lien fees or the city will take ownership of the properties. The city generally forecloses on no more than a handful of properties after liens automatically expire.

The largest lien was filed against 279, LLC which owns the commercial building at 279 Main St., the southeast corner of Park Drive and Main Street. The owner owes about $34,000 in taxes.

Orchid, LLC, which owns the Lincoln Street Center, is the second largest with an unpaid bill of more than $26,000.

The city sent out 3,622 tax bills last year -- meaning 96.5 percent of taxpayers were able to pay before liens were levied.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Valerie Wass | Sep 16, 2020 07:20

Since we have not received our tax bill yet for 2020/2021, I sure hope that the city remembers that they are late in getting our property tax bill to us.  Many pay by the month as it is so much easier.

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