Neigh­bors could be no­ti­fied when tax auc­tions fail

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­

Ul­ster County law­mak­ers tonight will con­sider leg­is­la­tion that would re­quire no­ti­fi­ca­tion to neigh­bors of prop­er­ties that did not sell at tax auc­tions.

Cur­rently, the only no­ti­fi­ca­tions are prior to auc­tions.

Un­der the leg­is­la­tion, prop­er­ties that do not draw of­fers amount­ing to at least the amount of back taxes owed would be al­lowed to sell pri­vately.

“Ba­si­cally, what this would be is a re­minder that this didn’t sell at auc­tion, ‘are you in­ter­ested?’” said county Bud­get Di­rec­tor Burt Gul­nick.

Ex­e­cut­ing the no­ti­fi­ca­tion by mail would cost about $300.

The pro­posal states: “Ad­ja­cent prop­erty own­ers to the prop­er­ties with­out known en­vi­ron­men­tal con­tam­i­na­tion ... may be in­ter­ested in the own­er­ship of the parcels and there­fore may present an­other op­por­tu­nity to get the parcels back on the tax rolls.”

Leg­is­la­tor James Maloney, D-town Ul­ster, who also is his town’s as­ses­sor, said there is mu­nic­i­pal knowl­edge of prop­er­ties that fail to sell at auc­tions, but neigh­bors have not been no­ti­fied di­rectly.

“They send out [no­tices] to ev­ery mu­nic­i­pal­ity, ev­ery su­per­vi­sor and build­ing depart­ment, and the su­per­vi­sors are asked if the mu­nic­i­pal­ity has any in­ter­est in it,” he said. “So there’s plenty of buzz about all of these prop­er­ties.”

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