The Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District has begun a foreclosure process in response to users it says have not paid their 2005 assessment.
According to Jim Trull, SVID's district manager, the irrigation district foreclosure process is almost identical to the real estate foreclosure process.
He said the first notices that assessments were delinquent were sent out in Sept. 2005.
"In June of 2008, a letter was sent out advising that the foreclosure process would be initiated," he explained.
In July, 30 days later, SVID's legal council sent out another letter advising that the 2005 payment plus interest was required within a 10-day time frame or a certificate of delinquency would be issued.
"After that, all subsequent years must be paid and a $350 fee is added for a title report," he said.
He said when the process begins, there are usually about 400 or so delinquent parcels. By the time parcels are slated for auction because of delinquency, the number is about three or four, he said.
"A landowner can pay anytime up to the hour of the treasurer's sale and are encouraged on multiple occasions to do so," he said.
Those who don't pay will find their parcel being sold in January 2009. The date is currently undetermined, he said.
"SVID doesn't make money on foreclosed properties," he added. "None were sold last year. When sales do occur, most often they are purchased by third parties."
Trull added the owner has one year to claim the excess, if there is any, of the assessments and costs from the bid amount.
He said landowners are notified they are subject to irrigation assessments at the time they purchase a property.
"They are sent out reminders of delinquency periodically beginning about nine months after the first assessment is sent out," Trull said, adding delinquency notices are also published in the newspaper.