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John Kruk to step down as county treasurer

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Treasurer John Kruk has announced he will step down from his position effective Feb. 28.

He announced his intention to retire during Thursday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature’s Finance and Personnel Committee.

Now, the legislature will determine if the vacancy will be filled by a governor appointment or if they will appoint.

Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley and Legislator James Karasek have both expressed interest in the position.

New York State County Law, Section 400, states a vacancy is to be filled by the governor.

Kruk’s term was to expire at the end of this year and will be on the ballot in the November election. The position of treasurer is elected every four years.

Kruk served as the executive assistant to the mayor of the City of Fulton until his election as the county treasurer in 2001. He narrowly defeated James Bryant for the position in a Republican primary race.

Kruk also served as the Oswego County Republican Committee treasurer and currently serves  as the acting treasurer. He told the committee that he was exhausted and wanted to spend more time with his family in announcing his decision.

“This will be my last Finance and Personnel Committee meeting,” he said.

Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said he will be in contact with the governor’s office to determine how the vacancy is to be filled. Should it be a governor’s appointment, the Democrat caucus will likely select Kruk’s successor as the governor is a Democrat and traditionally vacancies are filled with a person of the same party affiliation as the governor.

Kunzwiler gave no indication of who that person would be should he make the recommendation to the governor.

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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Annual county audit underway

by Carol Thompson

The annual audit of Oswego County government finances is underway. This year, the county clerk’s office is included in the financial review.

County Treasurer John Kruk confirmed the annual review audit is in progress.

“We get audited every year,” he said. “We have to have an audit by law.”

The treasurer’s office is audited and each year a department is also selected. This year, Kruk said, the county clerk’s office was chosen.

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