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Why the feds are in arrears.

Byline: Matt Cooper The Register-Guard

One of the largest property tax delinquents in Lane County is Uncle Sam.

The new Wayne Morse U.S. Courthouse opened in 2006 at 405 E. Eighth Ave. in downtown Eugene.

But the U.S. General Services Administration still owns the old federal courthouse property to the west, at 211 E. Seventh Ave.

That property has a delinquent tax bill of $147,000 that was owed by a prior private sector owner in 1994, before the federal government took ownership of the property, Assessor Anette Spickard said.

The tax debt never was paid off when the U.S. government took ownership of the property, so the government owes that money, the county said.

But the federal government is exempt from paying property taxes in Oregon, the county said, and the county cannot foreclose on the property.

The tax bill will be paid when the ownership changes, Spickard said.

A spokeswoman for the GSA said late Friday that she was unable to confirm information provided by the county.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Sep 26, 2011
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