Unpaid back taxes in Saratoga Springs
Saratoga Springs is owed $2.7 million in unpaid back taxes on 163 properties. The incumbent Finance Commissioner said does not know how much back taxes the city is owed and believes collecting back taxes is too difficult. However, drawing upon her 25 years of experience with Fortune 500 companies, Patty Morrison has a detailed practical plan to collect that money.
First, no city contracts for any business or individual who owes back taxes for the city. Second, any developer or individual cannot have their case heard by a land use board unless they have paid their back taxes. Third, she would prioritize foreclosure proceedings on absentee and out of town landlords and businesses and those with unpaid taxes that predate 2012. Out of town absentee landlords owe almost $600,000 to the city. Finally she would publish the names, addresses and back taxes and penalties owed to the city. Sunshine works wonders.
I pay my taxes every year. Unpaid taxes affect all citizens and are not a partisan issue. That $2.7 million in back taxes could be used for a new EMS Station, more trails, or the renovation for City Hall. Patty would provide a fresh perspective as Finance Commissioner.
Bob Turner Saratoga Springs