94 Properties With Unpaid Irrigation Tax Bills
Face Pennies on the Dollar Sale At Public Auction
Nampa--Almost 100 Ada and Canyon county properties worth a total assessed value of more than $10 Million face the possibility of being sold at public auction because their owners have failed to pay an average irrigation tax debt of just $73, officials with the Nampa & Meridian Irrigation District warned today.
There are 94 properties, 86 in Ada County and 8 in Canyon County, included in the tax deed action. The tax deed action means one Boise property with a 2016 assessed value of $521,400 could be sold at auction because a total tax bill of just $145.63 remains unpaid.
Another Boise property with an assessed value of $331,300 could be sold to recover $242.30 in unpaid taxes. The assessed values come from Ada County Assessor online records.
The action comes because the property owners have failed to pay their irrigation taxes for the past three years. The tax deed action, as it is known, is mandated under state law for the delinquent tax payments. In this instance the unpaid taxes are for 2013, according to Daren Coon, NMID Secretary Treasurer. NMID mailed certified letters in August to the 94 property owners officially notifying them that unless action is taken by the last day of December 2017 their properties will be put up for sale at public auction.
Only 52 of the owners actually accepted the certified letter, according to NMID. The District is publishing the names and address of the remaining 42 four times this month in local newspapers. In addition, a final warning will go out later this month.
“Tax deed action is the most distressing action we are required to take against land owned by our patrons. It represents a last ditch measure the District goes to great length to prevent but which state law demands if the taxes are not paid,” Coon explained. “Fortunately these properties represent just a tiny percentage of our 38,000 property owners in the District.”
The property owners have until December 31 to pay at least their delinquent 2013 tax bill or the full three-year tax bill prior to the auction. Otherwise the tax deed action will commence meaning the properties could be sold at auction in August 2017 for the taxes owing, plus additional legal and administrative fees. Most property owners pay up prior to that but each year some properties do end up being sold at auction, Coon added.
Coon noted the problem sometimes grows out of a mistaken belief that property owners do not need to pay the annual assessment because they do not receive or use irrigation water. In other cases, property owners assume the irrigation tax payment is part of their escrow tax payment being made by the mortgage company but it is not.
The taxes are used to pay for operation and maintenance of the canals, laterals, drains and dams that make up the District's water delivery system. Levies also are assessed against individual subdivision parcels using pressurized irrigation systems in subdivisions around the valley.
NMID officials stress that individuals who own property inside the District and have questions about their tax assessment payment or the Nampa & Meridian Irrigation District should call the District office at 466-7861
The Nampa & Meridian Irrigation District is a water storage, conveyance and distribution system founded in 1904. The District supplies irrigation water to some 69,000 acres of farmland, residential and commercial lands including pressurized irrigation for more than 16,000 individual parcels of land in Ada and Canyon counties.