- Associated Press - Saturday, February 27, 2016

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - The Boulder County treasurer is warning property and home owners that they could lose their property if they fail to pay their taxes after four Boulder County residents had their tax liens purchased by real estate agents who want the property.

Treasurer Paul Weissmann said he is concerned because 59 mobile-home liens for 2014 taxes were bought in November, and 44 of those have still not been paid and are at risk of being taken over.

Boulder city councilwoman Lisa Morzel said the city should be doing more to prevent such takeovers.

“We’ll now be watching for those tax liens much earlier and seeing what kind of help we can provide,” Morzel said.

Robert McHugh lost his home over a $175 lien and said it is too late to get it back. McHugh, who is 61, has been told he needs to be out of his home by Monday.

“To be safe, I’ve got to start moving,” said McHugh, who plans to be out before Monday. “I’d like to get out of here with a little bit of my dignity if I possibly could,” he said.

Weissmann said homeowners get certified letters that tell them they could lose their homes, but a new letter he sends out warns owners several times that they could lose their homes. It also mentions the four homeowners who have already missed their deadlines.

Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett said he is also concerned, the Boulder Daily Camera reported (https://tinyurl.com/zzuoapo ).

“This concerns us, because any kind of behavior that is predatory or seeks to be taking advantage of people is something the District Attorney’s Office will look at very closely,” Garnett said.

However, authorities say there are no apparent law violations.

McHugh, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, said he got warning letters, but was overwhelmed with other problems.

McHugh met with county housing officials Thursday, but it does not appear he will be able to stay in the city where he has lived since 1981.

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Information from: Daily Camera, https://www.dailycamera.com/


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