TWO property owners who have $26,000 in unpaid rates over more than three years will have their houses auctioned on Wednesday, unless they come up with the funds.
Gladstone Regional Council has called for drastic measures in the fight to recover rate debts, and has called for the auctioning of the properties as a last resort, but a necessary one.
The outstanding rates are in the order of $11,000 and $15,000 for the two properties.
The council needs to make enough to pay the outstanding rates and costs associated with the sale process so the reserve is set at the site value or the amount outstanding, whichever is greatest.
The balance of the auction will go to the owner or public trustee.
GRC's Economic Development Strategy portfolio spokesperson Karen Porter said the public auction of the two properties was a necessary measure, "as the arrears pose a financial burden to the council and the Gladstone region ratepayers who pay their rates on time".
"The Sale of Land for Recovery of Rate Arrears process, in accordance with the Local Government Act, commenced in November last year for 41 properties," she said.
"Owners of 39 of those properties have since paid their arrears in full, but two remained unpaid and are now scheduled for auction."
Cr Porter said the two properties, located at 234 Auckland St, Gladstone, and 12 Pleasant Ave, Tannum Sands, could be withdrawn from auction if all outstanding rates and charges were paid in full prior to the auction date.
The public auction will take place at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre at 11am on Wednesday.