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62 still on tax arrears list

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 20/5/2014 (1130 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

As the city sends out its 2014 property tax bills, there are still more than five dozen lots that have money owing from last year — and the year before.

The 62 properties left on the tax arrears list is down from the 220 or so that were listed at the start of the year, but a few big names still remain.

Shape Foods, the beleagured flaxseed processor in Brandon's east end, owes the largest amount — nearly $300,000 from 2013 and 2012. It has been perpetually behind on its tax bill since at least 2010 and narrowly avoided going up for auction with a down-to-the-wire payment last year.

Properties on the list face increasing fines and penalties as the year goes on, with the ultimate fate being a tax auction in October. That is rare, although two properties were auctioned off last year.

The second-biggest bill on the list is an oil-change facility at 18th Street and Rosser Avenue that owes more than $56,000, followed by a fitness facility at 10th Street and Park Avenue that owes nearly $31,000.

Sixteen more properties owe the city more than $10,000 apiece. The smallest amount owing is $712.65, on a strip of vacant land between Queen Elizabeth Park and Andrews Field.

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