Bank makes tax payment on mobile home park

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LIVERMORE FALLS — The Bank of Maine sent the town a check for $10,112.90 Tuesday to pay one year of back property taxes to prevent foreclosure on a mobile home park on Souther Road.

Tax Collector Dawn Young said the money was paid in case the owner doesn’t pay by Friday.

Selectmen, Town Manager Kristal Flagg and residents of the park and their lawyer discussed the Eastern Pine Estates status on Monday night during the selectmen’s meeting.

Prior to the town receiving the bank check, the park owed $79,458.99 to the town in property taxes and sewer fees.

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It appeared Monday that if no one stepped up to pay taxes for the park land and mobile homes by 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, the town would own the park, formerly known as Rambling Rose Mobile Home Park.

Some people who live at the park own their own mobile home and pay rent for the lot and others pay rent to the owners and some believe they signed up to pay rent to own the home. Some have stopped paying rent until the park is repaired and maintained.

The Bank of Maine received a foreclosure judgment on Nov. 2, 2012. Property owner Brandy Pond Development II LLC of South Portland has 90 days to redeem ownership that expires on Feb. 1.

Sewer fees owed are $51,624.49. More than $18,000 of it is owed to prevent foreclosure in April, Young said Tuesday.

Flagg said Monday night that the town’s regular practice is that once a property is foreclosed on it is put out to bid. Normally, if someone comes in to pay back taxes, they are required to pay all three years of taxes to get the property current, she said.

“This is a mobile home park. The town has never taken over a mobile home park,” she said.

Code Enforcement Officer James Butler Jr. has been working for a couple of years to get deficiencies corrected at the park.

“There is a bank. We are crossing our fingers that the bank at least comes forward on Friday and pays one year of taxes but we are not sure,” Flagg said.

Young has been working with owners and the bank to try to get the matter resolved, she said.

Matt Dyer, an attorney with Pine Tree Legal, attended the meeting. He has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Eastern Pine Estates Resident Association to try to make Brandy Pond and/or the bank maintain the property, including fixing the faulty sewer system.

“If you foreclose, I think you guys are going to own a park and have an obligation to maintain it,” Dyer told selectmen.

Residents said they didn’t believe Brandy Pond would have the money to pay the taxes and sewer fees.

dperry@sunjournal.com

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