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Sullivan County tax auction postponed until August

MONTICELLO – A handful of Sullivan County residents got an early Christmas present when the county legislature voted to move the real estate tax foreclosure auction from June to August 29.

The decision by lawmakers this past Thursday came after several last-minute pleas from residents who wanted to repurchase their properties, but said they needed more time.

“People fall on hard times and we as a legislature understand that,” said Chairman Luis Alvarez. “We don’t want to unduly burden taxpayers, though there is a process they need to follow.”

That process is stipulated by law, said County Treasurer Nancy Buck. “For over 17 years, I’ve strictly adhered to New York State Real Property Tax Law and Sullivan County local law. I don’t pick and choose, but I do want to help.”

Buck said the deadline for repurchasing properties has now been extended to July 31. Those wanting to take advantage of the extension should contact her office as soon as possible at 845-807-0200 or in person at the Government Center, 100 North Street in Monticello.

“As a legislature, our first priority is to represent the interests of the public, and I felt very strongly in this case that could only be served by allowing people to stay in their homes,” said Legislature Majority Leader Alan Sorensen. “Sometimes you have to revisit your policies and do the right thing, which we did.”

 


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