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630 to get letters warning properties could go to tax sale

Letters will be mailed at the end of the week to approximately 630 real estate taxpayers who are believed to be behind in their property tax payments, advising them that their property is currently slated for an August 28, 2014 tax sale, the administration announced yesterday. Notices will be mailed for those who are in arrears of $1,500 or more on property taxes from 2011 through the second quarter of 2013.

A second certified letter will be mailed to those who are still delinquent in payments 40 days before the tax sale is held.

Those who receive tax sale notices can arrange a payment plan with the Tax Collector’s Office and be removed from the list. The Tax Collector’s Office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Those with questions can call 738-2000, ext. 6015 for additional information.

Approximately 23,500 notices were mailed earlier this month to taxpayers who, according to the city’s computer system, may have been delinquent in payments of taxes. According to a release from the mayor’s office, just prior to the tax sale mailing later this week, the Collector’s Office will run the latest delinquency list in an effort to ensure that anyone who was delinquent but has since made a payment will not receive a notice.

Most of the 23,500 letters went to taxpayers whose accounts were showing delinquencies and unpaid interest fees that had been carried forward time and again unbeknownst to them. City treasurer and acting tax collector David Olsen looked to “clean up” the system before a new cycle of tax bills are issued.

Taxpayers who question the letters, believing they paid their taxes on time, should call the collector’s office. Even if they are found to have made a late payment, they are subject to a penalty waiver if they have paid their taxes on time for the past five years.


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