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What will usually happen is that the lien will be sold to a private collection agency, and the private collection agency buys the right to collect the money that you owe to the city. Once sold, the private collection agency will try to enter into a payment agreement with you, and if you are not able to enter into such an agreement, the lien holder can then begin a formal foreclosure proceeding.
It is possible that the city will foreclose the property itself, but that is unlikely.
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At first, the lienholder would be the city, and then when it is sold, it would be the collection agency.