ANTIOCH, CA - AUGUST 28: Tarps, tents and a wooden structure are seen in the backyard of alleged kidnapper Phillip Garrido August 28, 2009 in Antioch, California. Jaycee Lee Dugard was allegedly kidnapped by Phillip Garrido nearly two decades ago and was forced to live in tents and sheds behind Garrido's home with two of her children that were fathered by Garrido. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
County officials will place a $24,000 lien on the Walnut Avenue property near Antioch, California where Jaycee Dugard was held captive for 18 years at the hands of accused kidnappers Phillip and Nancy Garrido.
The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors approved the lien on Tuesday, adding to a growing public debt on the property. More than $7,000 in back property taxes and penalties and $1,300 for the current year are owed, the county tax collector says.
It took weeks for authorities to clean up the place. Mounds of trash, hazardous wiring, junk cars and pieces of structures and tarps from the shoddy backyard compound were removed from the property. The bill for "nuisance abatement" was sent to Garrido's elderly mother, Patricia Franzen, who lived there during Dugard's captivity. Garrido's brother, Ron, was also billed in part for the costs. Franzen owns the prooperty.
Nancy Garrido's lawyer, Stephen Tapson, said he was not aware of the lien but that the Garridos have expressed concern about the property.
"We want to know what to do with it." Tapson said. "Now there's a nother problem, so they've got to come up with the tax money or lose the property."
They will likely never be able to live at the property again anyway if they are found guilty. They are facing 29 felony counts of kidnapping and sexual assault in connection with the Dugard case.