More On Those Delinquent Property Owners

Here’s more info on those delinquent property owners mentioned this morning.

263 people make up the list of folks owing a total of $17,801,068 in fines. The top fine is $64,773 and the lowest is $12,052.69. And two people owe more than $60,000 to Metro Government. Three owe more than $40,000, ten owe more than $30,000, fifty owe more than $20,000, 198 owe more than $12,000! Wow.

Let’s take a look at the top ten offenders:

  • Carl J. Marquez, Jr. & Barbara A. of Shepherdsville — 7 fines — $64,773
  • David. L. Jackel of Louisville — 41 fines — $62,766.95
  • James & Andra Owen Jr. of Shepherdsville — 1 fine — $12,587.57
  • Carl & Barbara Marquez of Shepherdsville — 1 fine — $12,574.01 (gotta be the same people as above)
  • John H. Womack of Louisville — 1 fine — $12,551.89
  • Ella Clark of Louisville — 1 fine – $12,489.01
  • Delbert Elizabeth Cox of Louisville — 1 fine — $12,451.12
  • Verna Fowler of Louisville — 1 fine — $12,434.43
  • Alex & Belzora Boykin of Louisville — 1 fine — $12,428.11
  • Willie Dukes of Louisville — 1 fine — $12,417.25

Wanna see the entire list broken down into specifics? Click here (Warning: PDF Link) for that.

I’m betting about 99% of those fines won’t be paid. Either because people are horrible or they just can’t afford it.

9 thoughts on “More On Those Delinquent Property Owners

  1. $17,801,068/263 is $67,684.67, so I’m curious as to how the highest fine is below the average. Is it because many individuals on the list have multiple fines due?

  2. I did a little research today. Many of those properties are now totally vacant – the biggest chunks on any lists are demolitions of the structure. Ergo, the property is now worth considerably less than what is owed on it – so seizing the property and reselling it won’t begin to recoup the money. In some of the cases, I’ll bet that the owners are deceased – or so elderly and with no estate to speak of, that there is nothing to go against.

    The problem is, the city lollygags forever about going after these folks – as soon as a property hits, say, 1,000 in fines – there should be a DING that goes off somewhere and the county attorney starts filing for appropriate relief. At that level you can keep it in small claims court and make it really simple – they pay up or you take the property. (For the record, that is precisely what they used to do when this was actually handled BY the city – now the city doesn’t even have its own legal counsel.)

  3. I’ll bet a lot more of them are deceased, to be honest. That would be an interesting project, check with Vital Statistics. Notice the Winston Bennett is on the list?

    Good breakdown, I hadn’t looked at that list – most interesting. Many of these properties had a lot of inspector visits, which isn’t part of the cost, of course. One I glanced at went back to 2002 – NOT do to the “downturn.”

  4. The folks that have multiple properties on this list – I have no sympathy for them; they seem to be the kind of folks that probably would have the resources to at least have the buildings taken down but don’t.

    But the ones with one property only – I wonder how many of these are individuals who were left these properties from a deceased relative and don’t or didn’t have the means to pay for rehabilitation of the property or demolition. In that kind of situation, if there are resources out there to help those folks do the right thing, I’m not sure what/where they are. The only option they have that I’m aware of is donating the property to the city, and it’s not even guaranteed that the city will *take* it. Plus, all the property taxes have to be caught up first, and if someone is of very limited means, that may be a huge barrier too.

    I’d be really interested to know how many of these are that kind of situation, and if anyone has any idea how folks in *that* situation wanting to “do the right thing” could get some assistance.

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