As city council debates a possible 2.85 per cent property tax hike for 2014, some people still haven't paid their 2012 taxes.
The city released their first weekly list of properties that are at least two years behind on paying their property taxes, and there are a few familiar names on the list.
More than 220 property-owners still haven't paid the bills from last year and the year before. If the taxes aren't paid by October, they could go to auction.
Most of the bills are for a few thousand dollars, but several are larger.
The biggest bill is nearly $282,000 for Shape Foods, which has been regularly on the list for the last few years. That includes $134,000 for last year and nearly $148,000 for the year before. In 2013, Shape Foods managed to pay its 2011 bill just in time to avoid an auction.
A few other properties owe significant amounts on the tax arrears list, including:
- $53,214 for an oil change shop at 1712 Rosser Ave.
- $44,360 for a defunct truck stop at 721 Middleton Ave.
- $29,770 for a dance and martial arts studio at 122 Tenth St.
- $28,776 for a fitness club at 863 Tenth St.
- $24,557 for a recycling company's building at 620 Richmond Ave. East
- $24,347 for a former restaurant at 701 Rosser Ave.
The city updates the list every week.
Meanwhile, the city reminds taxpayers that they can actually get up to a two per cent discount on their property taxes if they pay early.