The threat of losing their properties prompted three delinquent taxpayers to pay what they owed as part of a special tax collection in the fall.
The town initiated a tax sale on real estate where back taxes were owed and targeted five owners with a total of six properties . All of the owners were notified in advance and town officials said three of them paid their bills before the sales went forward. But two did not, and their properties were sold in an auction on Dec. 4. In all, the town recovered nearly $100,000, officials said.
Six properties where the unpaid taxes totaled at least $10,000 or were delinquent for three years or more were targeted. The town had liens on those properties, giving it the right to auction them in a tax sale, Tax Collector Erin Johnson said.
Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner said the full amount of the delinquent taxes was recovered.
The two properties sold in the tax sale included 8 East St., a multi-family house in Collinsville where $25,885 was owed, and 18 Albany Turnpike, whose former owner owed $17,836.
Johnson said that if the people who owned those properties want them back, they have six months to pay the auction buyers what was owed.
This was the second time the town has initiated tax sales; the first was in 2014. That first tax sale was a success for the town, too, Skinner said. As with this most recent sale, most of the property owners paid what they owed before the sales started.
All the properties in the recent sale were residential. Leading the pack was 157 High Valley Drive, a 3,221-square foot-home where $26,832 was owed. That property sent into foreclosure last year and the owner listed on town records is U.S. Bank Trust.
The largest delinquent taxpayer in town is Cadle Properties, which owes the town $373,196 on 51 Albany Turnpike. That property was not part of the tax sale because of separate litigation over the tax bill.The largest delinquent taxpayer in town is Cadle Properties, which owes the town $373,196 on 51 Albany Turnpike. That property was not part of the tax sale because of separate litigation over the tax bill.