POUGHKEEPSIE – Eight properties owned by the City of Poughkeepsie will be sold to private citizens who are expected to put them to good use and back on the tax rolls.
Corporation Counsel Paul Ackerman said putting the properties back on the tax roll should generate about $15,000 in new tax revenue next year. He noted the properties are in disrepair and had been acquired by the city for unpaid taxes.
Common Council Chairman Christopher Petsas was particularly pleased with one of the properties, at 204 Church Street.
“That building would have come down,” Petsas said. “A very important historic treasure on Church Street. Luckily for us, the council overrode the mayor’s veto by a 6 to 2 vote and tonight, we have a sizeable offer on that property and the gentleman and his family that is proposing to move into there are wonderful people that are actually going to live in that home and restore it to its original grandeur.”
The sale of the eight properties was approved by the council unanimously.