Taxes in arrears all around Regina
In the red: Each dot represents a property that's in arrears after 2012 taxes weren't paid.
North, south, east and west — people are late paying their property taxes in virtually every section of Regina, according to the city's list of properties in arrears.
City councillors received a report Tuesday on 288 properties that are in arrears. Council has given its manager of property taxation the authority to serve six-month notices on the owners of all the land parcels.
"This is something I see every year," Ward 8 Coun. Mike O'Donnell said. "There are some people who do not pay their property taxes on time."
When CBC News put the properties on a map, there didn't appear to be any pattern — properties in arrears are sprinkled throughout the city.
About the only big neighbourhood that doesn't have any properties in arrears is Parliament Place in the south end.
Seizure rare, councillor says
The red dots show properties in arrears as of Jan. 1.
Approving the list is the first stage in what could eventually lead to the city seizing houses owned by delinquent taxpayers.
However, in practice, it's quite rare for the city to take someone's house, O'Donnell said.
"In a very worst-case scenario, after a long period of time has happened ... not what we're looking for, " O'Donnell said.
Payment plans offered to delinquent taxpayers
Before trying to gain title to a property, there are a number of steps that would be taken first, he said.
"We give them a little bit of time, obviously," he said. "We post it in the paper so that they're aware. We send them a letter and try to encourage them. We look at a number of payment plans and so on."
Publishing the list is an annual event, and if anything, there are fewer delinquent taxpayers this year compared to previous years, O'Donnell said.
"Perhaps that's a positive sign," he said.