Jefferson County last week began warning its residents of a company that has mailed “misleading” letters to homeowners advising them that their taxes are delinquent and offering to “go over some solutions” with them.
“The Jefferson County Treasurer never uses a third-party company to collect delinquent taxes, and all tax liens and mailings regarding the collection of taxes are originated through the Treasurer’s Office,” the county explained on its website.
However, despite the county's representation that the letter directs "the homeowner [to] pay their taxes through the private company," that claim is also misleading. The letter does not give that directive.
Vesper Properties LLC, whose address in the correspondence is a Post Office box in Mesa, Arizona, advises homeowners in the letter that “According to public records, your property is currently subject to delinquent property taxes.” In a sample letter the treasurer’s office provided, the listed address had $2,294.56 property taxes due, which aligned with a Redfin.com estimate of the home's tax bill for 2018.