Tax Auction Looms For Deliquent St. Lawrence County Property Owners

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There are more than 100 properties including commercial, vacant and residential that will be sold at an October 3 tax auction.

That number is about the same as past years.

What is different is the rising number of property owners signing contracts with the county Treasurer's Office to pay off back taxes.
 
"We have between 200 and 300 of those contracts we're processing this year and property owners have been very good about living up to those contracts," said County Treasurer Robert McNeil.
 
Owners have until the day before the tax auction to pay what's owed plus any penalties and interest and remove the property from sale.

In past years, the county has been able to turn a profit.
 
A building at 33 Market Street in Potsdam is also up for the tax sale.

County officials say if the owner doesn't step forward and pay the nearly $78,000 in back taxes by October auction, legislators have agreed to allow the town of Potsdam to pay what's owed and assume ownership.

The property could be converted into new courtroom space.

Friday, October 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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