A huge amount of unpaid taxes have one Vermont town planning a tax sale.
Two years ago, the town of St. Johnsbury was owed about $50,000 in uncollected taxes. Now, that figure is up to more than $400,000.
So the town is planning a tax sale – the first since 2007 – to auction off properties in arrears.
Town Manager Ralph Nelson says town officials don’t want to sell people’s property, but he says it’s only fair. The town wants to motivate people to pay their taxes, because he says it’s unfair to those who do pay.
Nelson tells the Caledonian Record he plans to schedule a date for the tax sale and submit it to selectmen for approval.