PARIS — Unpaid taxes are increasing at a steady rate even as town officials work toward economic growth and lower tax rates.

The town issued 500 30-day notices for liens this year, up 82 from the year before, representing 18.6 percent of all taxable real estate.

From July 1, 2013, unpaid taxes amounted to $486,445.07, a 20 percent increase over last year, according to Town Clerk Elizabeth Knox. 

 According to Town Manager Amy Bernard, over the past three years, the town has sent out a consistent 80 additional liens compared to the prior year.

“We’d definitely like to see it lower,” Bernard said. “It seems like a lot; I won’t lie.” 

Whether from an incorrect check or missing payment deadlines, Bernard said typically half of all liens will be paid in the 30-day window before they become permanent.


“A lot of the accounts are small, and people will find out it’s a small amount and will be able to pay it off.” 

Over the past four years, the town’s uncollected taxes have increased in all but one year.

Foreclosures on 14 delinquent accounts amounted to $11,107.70 in fiscal year 2011-12.

Juxtaposing the property liens is a drive by town officials over the past year and half to expand the number of businesses paying taxes, alleviating the burden felt by residential property owners.

Last month, selectmen approved a $8,500 study of Paris’ downtown in order to asses the town’s ability to attract new businesses. 

Other initiatives, such as proposed amendments to the town’s subdivision ordinance, seek to expedite the application process for contractors. Voters will take up the issue in a ballot election Tuesday. 

The town budget, which voters will act upon on June 14 at the annual town meeting, proposes $33,500 in cuts compared to last year’s budget. Town officials say local taxes should remain flat. 

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