Property tax auction deemed a success

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County reaped almost $1.3 million from the sale of delinquent properties during its recent auction.

Members of the Oswego County Legislature’s Community and Consumer Affairs Committee were presented with a report of the Sept. 8 auction.

All properties were sold, county Treasurer John Kruk said. A total of 117 properties were sold. There were 83 buy-backs prior to the sale.

Despite the rain and high wind, bidders did show. Kruk reported that 80 percent of those in attendance had never participated in the county’s auction in the past.

The registration was slow, he noted, and something will need to be done next year to expedite the process.

This is the first year the county has hired an outside firm to conduct the auction.

The county was able to clear the amount of back taxes owned on the properties, which totaled $941,475.

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