Un­paid back taxes in Saratoga Springs

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - OPINION -

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

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