Looking for a house lot in Mirror?
Lacombe County may have just the spot.
The municipality has found itself with a piece of property in the hamlet after the owner failed to pay $2,393.47 in back taxes and late payment charges. The lot was put up for auction on Nov. 15 but there were no takers.
Under the Municipal Government Act, the county can take title to the land and try to sell it off.
The other option is the county can leave the property as is and continue to impose penalties.
However, Tim Timmons, manager of corporate services, told council it is unlikely the owner will ever be found to pay up.
Once the property is sold, the county can take its taxes and penalties owing, plus a five per cent administration fee.
The rest of the money goes into an account and the owner can apply through the courts to get the remainder.