Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 4:55 p.m.
Clarence-Rockland buckling down on tax collection
The City of Clarence-Rockland will be getting tougher on residents’ tax collection.
Over the last few years, the City of Clarence-Rockland has admittedly become lax on tax collection, including arrears notices and meetings with taxpayers. Tax arrears, essentially overdue unpaid taxes, reached an unprecedented amount of $ 3.3 million by the end of 2016. As councilors became alarmed over this amount, the City acted.
This year, after the City of Clarence-Rockland sent out arrear certificates, people started to get in line. Arrear certificates are sent ance arrears reach three years. Arrear certificates constitute a warning advising taxpayers they have one more year to pay their taxes in full. If the taxes remain unpaid once that year is up, their properties will be sold.
Of the 63 property owners who received an arrear certificate notice last February, only a dozen have not yet paid. This amounts to $1.6 million collected in less than a year – almost exactly half of what is owed to the City.
“People are understanding that we are serious, especially knowing that after three years we can sell their property,” said Clarence-Rockland mayor Guy Desjardins. “This is money that we need.”
The larger picture for the City, however, remains how to prevent this from happening again in the future.
For the complete story, please see Volume 23 of the Vision.