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July 7, 2014

Clinton County to sell delinquent properties

PLATTSBURGH — Clinton County will sell 51 properties at its tax auction July 23.

The properties are being sold after the county foreclosed on them for nonpayment of back taxes.

“We are selling less than usual, and that’s good, but it’s still far too many properties that are being taken away by government,” said Clinton County Legislator Mark Dame (R-Area 8, City and Town of Plattsburgh), who chairs the county’s Finance Committee.

“I wish there was a better way, but the only better way I can see is to lower taxes so people can afford to keep their property.”

REDUCED FROM 84

Owners of the delinquent properties owed taxes from 2012, 2013 and 2014.

They became targeted for foreclosure when the courts declared them delinquent on April 29. At that point, owners had until June 13 to make payments in full.

When the court signed off, 84 delinquent properties were on the list.

The county put bright yellow signs on the lawns of the delinquent properties notifying them of the pending foreclosure, and each owner was sent numerous notices.

Taxes were paid on 33 of the 84 delinquent properties between April 29 and June 13.

ALMOST $323,000 OWED

Of the 51 properties left to be auctioned, the total amount of taxes owed is $322,943.59.

Up for sale are 18 homes, 28 vacant lots and 5 businesses.

The auction will be held on Wednesday, July 23, at the West Side Ballroom in Plattsburgh.

Potential bidders can register for the auction at a seminar to go over the ground rules; that is set for 6 p.m. Monday, July 21, also at West Side Ballroom.

Properties will be shown on July 22; a listing of those can be found at NYSAuctions.com.

APPROVAL NEEDED

If a property sells for less than the taxes owed, the final sale must be approved by the County Legislature, County Treasurer Kimberly Davis, explained.

The auction will be conducted by Haroff Auction and Realty Inc. of Schroon Lake and NY and Absolute Auctions and Realty Inc. of Pleasant Valley.

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