The auction will be held at
Offered to the public will be 68 properties -- up from the 57 sold at last year's well-attended auction at the same venue.
The number of properties in the auction has sometimes been cited as a sort of misery index by some fiscally conservative county officials striving to hold the line on county spending.
They reason that any increase in public spending could necessitate tax increases burdening homeowners already scrimping to pay their tax bills and force even more people into tax delinquency status.
Crowell, responding to a request by
He said the parcels that will be sold are generally distributed across the county, though
To be placed into the sale, the tax bills have to have gone unpaid for three consecutive years.
"As for the difference between this year and last year, I could certainly imagine the scenario where people living day to day may have been able to dip into some resources in 2010, but had a harder time climbing out in 2011 due to depleted reserves," the treasurer commented. "But I hope these numbers begin to fall dramatically in the coming years.
Separate from the public auction, the city of
The county is still crunching numbers to determine just how much it will have to raise through the auction to make the county whole on the collective total owed by the tax delinquent current owners.
Crowell said his office will review unpaid tax bills, including water and sewer billings, to determine the full amount owed by those who stopped paying taxes.
Those whose parcels are in the auction had until Monday to square up on their tax bills.
Those who emerge as the top bidders do not inherit the tax bills, though if the properties remain occupied, they could find themselves being responsible for initiating eviction proceedings.
The county sells the properties in "as is" condition in a sale conducted by Haroff Auction & Realty and Absolute Auctions & Realty.
The auctioneer who presided at the last two sales, retired state trooper
The inventory of parcels to be sold next month is expected to be posted by the end of the coming week at www.nysauctions.com.
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