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Posted on: June 11, 2018

County Tax Auction Postponed Until August, Repurchase Deadline Extended to July 31, 2018

LUIS A. ALVAREZ

CHAIRMAN

 

NADIA RAJSZ

VICE CHAIR

 

ANNMARIE MARTIN

CLERK

TEL: 845-807-0435

 

JOSHUA A. POTOSEK, MBA

COUNTY MANAGER

 

DANIEL C. DEPEW

DEPUTY COUNTY MANAGER

 

COUNTY OF SULLIVAN

OFFICE OF THE LEGISLATURE

SULLIVAN COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER

100 NORTH STREET

PO BOX 5012

MONTICELLO, NY 12701

 

 

 

For Immediate Release:

June 8, 2018


County Tax Auction Postponed Until August

Repurchase Deadline Extended to July 31, 2018


Monticello, NY – Legislators unanimously agreed yesterday to reschedule Sullivan County’s 2018 Real Estate Tax Foreclosure Auction to August 29, 2018.


Several last-minute pleas from residents who wanted to repurchase their properties led the Legislature to decide that the auction, typically held in June every year, should be postponed to allow further time for repurchases.


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


That process is stipulated by law, noted County Treasurer Nancy Buck.


“For over 17 years, I’ve strictly adhered to NYS Real Property Tax Law and Sullivan County local law,” she explained. “I don’t pick and choose, but I do want to help.”


Buck said the deadline for repurchasing foreclosed properties has now been extended to July 31, 2018. Those seeking to take advantage of this extension need to contact her office as soon as possible at 845-807-0200 or in person at the Government Center, 100 North Street, Monticello.


“This is the right thing to do for the residents of Sullivan County. We needed to give the public an additional option,” said Vice Chair Nadia Rajsz of the Legislature’s 8-0 decision. (Legislator Scott Samuelson was at a NYS Association of Counties Board meeting and was unable to attend.)


“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,” explained District 9 Legislator and Majority Leader Alan Sorensen. “Sometimes you have to revisit your policies and do the right thing, which we did. I feel good about it.”

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