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Oct. 6, 2006

Oswego County Recovers Over $1 Million in Delinquent Taxes

The Oswego County Real Property Tax Services Office sold 65 parcels at its annual auction of delinquent tax properties Saturday, Sept. 30.

Oswego County takes title to vacant land and commercial properties after two years of non-payment of taxes. Title is not taken to residential and farm properties until four years of non-payment have passed.

Former owners were allowed to pay their back taxes until Aug. 31; 69 people did so this year.

"Between the redemptions and Saturday's tax auction, Oswego County recovered approximately $1.1 million in delinquent taxes," said David Hastings, director of Real Property Tax Services.

"The auction was a success," said Legislator Paul Santore, District 16 (Oswego) who attended the auction. "We were able to get the properties back on the tax rolls and recoup money that will help the county budget."

This is the ninth consecutive year that the county has held an auction of delinquent tax properties.

"Each year the process has improved," said Hastings. "The number of parcels making it to auction has steadily declined but the recovery amount has remained quite constant. The system is working and working well."

The auction was held at Oswego County BOCES in Mexico. Students in the BOCES culinary arts program operated the cafeteria and students in the criminal justice program assisted with security and parking. The auction sale was conducted by auctioneer Ted Sivers of Sivers Auction Service.

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