Thirty-eight Brandon properties owe more than $350,000 in overdue taxes combined.
If owners don’t pay up by Oct. 19, they risk losing their properties in a public auction.
"Owners would be sent five notices, starting in January, either through regular mail or registered mail depending on what stage of the process we are at," said Val Rochelle, the city’s director of finance.
TAXervice, the agency hired by the city to recover property tax arrears, sends out notices and will also make "repeated phone calls" as the date of sale gets closer.
The list is updated weekly, and is posted publicly on the city’s website at brandon.ca.
The number of properties on the list has gone down considerably since it was first posted in January, when it was sitting at 249. The list shows properties that haven’t paid their taxes for the years of 2015 and 2016. The 2015 total is what must be cleared up by Oct. 19 in order to avoid public auction.
With a 1.25 per cent interest charge per month and hundreds in administrative fees, the costs continue to escalate.
The individual amounts owing range from $2,400 to more than $24,000. The property with the highest amount owing is 1518 First St. North. The abandoned gas station at the corner of Fourth Street and Rosser Avenue owes more than $17,000. A 10th Street building that houses a bakery owes more than $7,000.
The vast majority of the properties on the list are residential, ranging from a Kelsey Bay property in the south to one on Oak Bluff Road on the North Hill.
Generally, property owners pay up prior to the fall auction. But there have been a few properties auctioned off in recent years, including 1421 Pacific Ave. in 2015. In 2013, two properties were auctioned off: 1620 Douglas St. and a vacant lot located near Victoria Avenue and 17th Street East.
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