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Oct. 7, 2005

Oswego County Will Auction Tax Properties Oct. 22

MEXICO -- The Oswego County Real Property Tax Service will sell up to 115 parcels of tax delinquent properties at the annual tax property auction Saturday, Oct. 22, at Oswego County BOCES, county Route 64, Mexico.

Oswego County takes title to residential and farm properties after the taxes have gone unpaid for approximately four years. Title is taken for vacant land and commercial properties after two years of non-payment of taxes. Former owners are allowed to buy back their properties for the full amount of taxes due until Oct. 14. Prior owners who are not paid up by Oct. 14 are prohibited from bidding at auction.

This year, in addition to the tax delinquent properties, the county is selling off county-owned surplus parcels.

David Hastings, Director of Real Property Tax Service, said a complete list of properties with photos and maps of each parcel are listed on the Oswego County Web site at www.oswegocounty.com/rpts . The Web catalog is updated daily.

The auction will be divided into two sessions. The first session begins at 9:30 a.m. and will include parcels in the towns and villages of Granby, Hannibal, Minetto, New Haven, Oswego Town, Palermo, Phoenix, Schroeppel, Scriba and Volney.

The second session will begin no earlier than 11 a.m. and will include parcels in the towns and villages of Altmar, Albion, Amboy, Boylston, Cleveland, Constantia, Central Square, Hastings, Mexico, Orwell, Parish, Redfield, Pulaski, Richland, Sandy Creek, West Monroe and Williamstown.

Bidder registration will start at 8 a.m. and continue throughout the day. In order to register, citizens must provide their driver's license or other acceptable photo ID, and their social security number.

Bidders will receive a description and view a computer presentation that includes a photograph of each parcel as it is offered for sale. Prior owners, their immediate family members, and anyone having delinquent property taxes in Oswego County may not bid at the auction.

Hastings said many of the properties listed in the catalog would be redeemed prior to the auction. For more information about the tax auction, contact the Oswego County Real Property Tax Service at 349-8315 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 8315; Sivers Auction Service Inc. at 343-3325, or visit the County's Web site at www.oswegocounty.com/rpts.

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