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May 13, 2014

Frontier Town tax sale canceled

Lawmakers instead sell defunct Wild West park to town; high-bidder objects

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Frontier Town theme park won’t be sold to the highest bidder from the recent tax auction after all.

It will instead go to the Town of North Hudson, where it's located.

On Monday, the Essex County Board of Supervisors removed the four Frontier Town parcels won by George Moore of Keeseville and turned them over to North Hudson at the request of Town Supervisor Ronald Moore (R-North Hudson).

The town will pay Essex County $60,000, Supervisor Moore said, which is $10,500 more than the $49,500 that George Moore bid in the April 30 tax sale. (Ronald Moore said he is not related to George Moore.)

The board gave the switch its unanimous OK at a special meeting, with Supervisor Gerald Morrow (D-Chesterfield) absent.

BELOW MINIMUM

Supervisor Moore said his reason for wanting to nullify the auction sale was that Frontier Town had gone for less than the $143,000 owned on it in back taxes since 2006.

He said there was an understanding from the Frontier Town Task Force that he chaired not to approve a sale for less than the amount of taxes owed.

“The Board of Supervisors recommended that the minimum bid would be the amount of taxes owed,” the supervisor said. “I think it was clear a reserve was set of $143,000 minimum.”

'EXTREMELY UNHAPPY'

Contacted Monday afternoon by the Press-Republican, George Moore pointed out that the price from North Hudson still doesn’t cover the taxes owed on the house.

The county covers the unpaid taxes for the towns and school districts each year, so the full amount owed is to the county.

George Moore said he has contacted his attorney, William Russell of Russell & McCormick in Keeseville, to see what action he can take.

“I told my attorney I will top North Hudson’s bid. I am extremely unhappy with my turn of events. I was told it (the $49,500) was a fair price. It topped all other bids.”

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