Rockland sees uptick in liens

By Stephen Betts | Sep 11, 2018
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Rockland — The city saw an increase in the number and amount of liens placed on properties for failure to pay taxes.

Rockland filed liens on 169 properties Monday, Sept. 10.

This is up from 146 filed in 2017, but only two more than the 167 filed in 2016. There were 176 liens filed in 2015.

The total amount of taxes owed on the liens filed Monday -- which are for the taxes billed in August 2017 -- is $523,022, including interest and lien fees.

Tax Collector Susan St. Clair said there were fewer liens last year because interest rates were lower and many property owners refinanced their mortgages and thus had to pay their taxes.

If the liens are not paid off within 18 months -- by March 10, 2020, the properties automatically become city-owned under state law. Generally, the city acquires a handful of properties each year when the liens expire and the automatic foreclosures occur.

The largest lien was put on Orchid LLC, which is the owner of the former Lincoln Street Center. The lien on Orchid's property was for $26,988.

Ferraiolo Holdings LLC had liens on three properties totaling $20,299.

Comments (4)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Sep 11, 2018 14:45

I am with Francis. When Heaven is a local call why would we want to go anyplace else?  People around here are awesome; and many of those awesome people are "from away". We have the best of all four seasons; tempered by Penobscot Bay.  Main Street has developed way beyond us old-timer's expectations.  Have found a way to thrive without having "all that money can buy".  And, Stephen, we have people like yourself and Dale to keep us honest and on our toes. :)



Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Sep 11, 2018 13:41

Francis I am disappointed. Your loftiest goal is to die here ?  Get a camper van and see this beautiful country before the lawyers and politicians all get it



Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Sep 11, 2018 08:29

The average person, whatever that is, doesn't care to get involved. This allows all the special interest people to run things. Until we get more good paying jobs nothing is going to change. The only candidate that isn't involved downtown is Dale Hayward. I think some of these councilors  encourage a person that fits their agenda to run. I've been to enough meetings and committees to see the special interest at work. At my age I can only hope to be able to live my life out here.



Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Sep 11, 2018 08:00

We have saved the whales, the turtles and the frogs, but who will save the Rockland taxpayer ?  Certainly not the Rockland City Council.  Sooner or later it all comes down to the money like it or not.



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