DIXFIELD – Selectmen this week unanimously decided to reject establishing payment plans for people who have property with tax liens on them.

At the board’s regular meeting Monday, Town Manager Tom Richmond said 22 properties will be foreclosed by the town if property taxes for the past two years are not paid by today.

The total owed the town is about $20,000, he said Tuesday.

Last year, 25 people had liens placed on their property, worth about $16,500. Richmond said most people paid their taxes.

He said several delinquent taxpayers have asked for a payment schedule. However, he did not favor extending a payment plan because of potential legal problems the town could face if a person starts making monthly payments then stops.

Selectmen agreed. They also believe people with tax liens have had plenty of time to pay their taxes.

“They’ve had 30 months to pay it,” board Chairwoman Bettina Martin said.

In other matters Monday, the board set Jan. 9 to begin negotiations with the town’s public works bargaining unit.

The current three-year contract, representing five employees, expires July 1.

Selectmen Martin and Brad Dyer will represent the town in the negotiations.

Richmond also reported that the town is looking for a new polling site prior to the June primary election.

Dixfield residents currently vote in the fire station kitchen.

Because of concerns about parking and handicap accessibility, the polls must be moved.

Richmond is looking at alternative sites, including the Dixfield Elementary School gym.


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