For the first time in at least two decades, the city has seized private properties for nonpayment of its annual predial — the property tax.
City Council cited Article 167 of the Finance Act of Municipality of Merida in taking over the properties, said Laura Muñoz Molina, director of Treasury Administration and Finance.
Owners were warned, but were unresponsive, city officials say.
One property owner — in Col. Industrial — owed the tax collector 58,000 pesos. The other parcel, in the Comisaría de Dzoyaxché, was behind over 64,437 pesos.
There was almost a third property seized, in Col. Gonzalo Guerrero, but the owners went to the city agency to settle up before foreclosure proceedings went too far.
“Although this is a measure that had not been used before, we are acting according to law and in response to citizens who fail to pay their taxes, which allows you to have better services and more work for citizens,” said Muñoz.
In total, there are 395,000 properties on the tax rolls.