JUPITER ISLAND,Fla - A Boynton Beach contractor is seeking a little more than $28,000 yet to be paid on a bill for work on the nearly completed Jupiter Island home being built by singer Celine Dion and her husband Rene Angelil. John J. Churey Construction, Inc., has filed paperwork with the Martin County Clerk of the Court stating that Dion’s Canadian firm Renlec Management, Inc., the owner of the 5.7-acre Jupiter Island property has yet to complete payment on a $68,960 concrete pumping project.
Officials with Renlec Management and Churey Construction were not available for comment, Thursday.
The lien remains in place for a year unless legal proceedings are undertaken to foreclose on the property or Renlec moves to dismiss the claim.
The lien is the second filed in Martin County this year on the nearly completed 9,825-square-foot oceanfront home, with six bedrooms and eight full bathrooms.
On June 20, Renlec paid the $13,050 outstanding on a $252,700 bill from Hobe Sound geologist Herman Taube.
Taube consulted on a reverse osmosis system for the property that includes a 500,000-gallon pool system equipped with water slides and a “lazy river” feature to move floaters around the manmade aquatic paradise.
Taube filed his complaint in April.
The combined amount of the money sought in the two liens are far less than the taxes that Dion and Angelil will owe in the next fiscal year on the home.
The currently non-homesteaded property — purchased by Renlec for $12.5 million in 2005 — had its taxable value grow by $6.8 million in the past year, according the county Property Appraiser’s Office.
With the next price tag, taxes on the property could grow by about $100,000, on top of the $169,568 Dion on her last tax bill to the county ($58,680), school district ($72,210), Jupiter Island ($34,850) and special districts.
The pool and a 6,740-square-foot guesthouse were not included in the new taxable value as they were not considered sustainably completed at the time of the appraisal.
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