Penalties & Interest on Unpaid Taxes up 218%

When you can’t pay your taxes, (1) the town charges you interest, (2) places a lien on your property and (3) takes your property and sells it.

(1) In 2005 interest paid on back taxes was $30,020, in 2014 that number has increased to $95,623 a 218% increase.

Year	Penalties & Interest in Unpaid Taxes
2005	$30,020
2006	$40,449
2007	$35,931
2008	$55,324
2009	$56,743
2010	$85,599
2011	$85,677
2012	$80,498
2013	$56,227
2014	$95,623

(2) Now for tax liens – after a year of unpaid taxes the town places a lien on your property. Between 2005 and 2012 liens have increased by 64%

Year	Tax Liens Issued
2005	42
2006	54
2007	60
2008	73
2009	77
2010	62
2011	65
2012	61
2013	69

(3) 2 years after the lien is placed the town issues a tax deed and sells your property to recoup taxes owed + interest & penalties.

Between 2003 and 2012 no properties were taken for taxes. In 2013 and 2014 4 were taken, the first in 10 years. You can expect this trend to follow the others, with significant increases going forward. This has only started, more tax deeds are coming!

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Notice a trend here?

1. Taxes increase (faster than cpi, cola, wages, inflation or other measurement)
2. Residents have difficulty paying their taxes (#1 interest)
3. Taxes increase
4. Residents can’t pay their taxes (#2 lien)
5. Taxes increase
6. Town is forced to take and sell the property (#3 tax deed)

Information is power – educate your family, friends and neighbors, let them know that Chichester as we know it will be taken from us if we don’t step up and stop it.

The Board of Selectmen and School Board work for us, they get their authority to spend money from us. We are the legislative body and nothing can be spent without our approval, not one penny!

Come to these meetings and exercise your vote (http://chichestertaxpayers.com/?p=480).

Will you wait to act until it’s your neighbor’s house, your parent’s, yours?

Jason

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