Foreclosures net county $500K

W ashington County’s sale of 38 foreclosed properties brought in just over $500,000, which was $350,000 more than the taxes due on those properties.

More than 100 sites were originally listed as having been seized for back taxes, but the owners repurchased many of those.

The auction brought in $500,975 for properties that had a total of $150,5458.41 in back taxes. That leaves a net profit of $350,516.59. There will be expenses to come out of that, but the remainder will go back into the county bank accounts.

Four of the properties purchased were in Granville. Two were purchased by Dwayne Daigle and once each by Laura Dalaba and James Tomkiewicz.

There were also 11 foreclosed properties sold in Whitehall, and three were sold in Dresden.

One property, in Fort Ann, drew a great deal of controversy. First-year Supervisor Darlene Dumas expressed anger at the meeting, because instead of selling a property in Fort Ann to a furniture company that wanted to open a factory, the board put it up for auction.

The property went for the minimum bid of $40,000 to the owner of an adjacent quarry. The furniture company had offered $46,000 and would have been hiring for jobs, said Dumas.

 

New policies

Chairman John Rymph responded to Granville Supervisor Matt Hicks’ suggestion to change the rules for public participation at board meetings.

There was only one public speaker, but the rules were out for all people entering. The addition is a paragraph that says, “Speakers are limited to their own comments and should not present those of others. Written comments by others shall be submitted to the clerk of the Board of Supervisors for distribution to the Board if requested.”

Hicks had raised his concerns following a board meeting when Lake Lauderdale residents opposed to the kayak and canoe launching area there read several letters into the record.

The rules still limit speakers to five minutes and prohibit them from political speech or derogatory comments against others. Speakers must see a supervisor in advance to be recognized.

 

Other business

After the position had been open for several months, the board named a new director of the Office of the Aging.

Gina Cantanucci-Mitchell of Fort Ann was named to replace Claire Murphy, who is now the executive director of the Washington County Economic Opportunity Council.

The board will hold a public hearing on the budget for SUNY Adirondack’s 2012-2013 school year. The overall budget is $26.4 million, and the county portion is $1.3 million.

The county accepted $2,578 in federal funds to make polling places more accessible to the handicapped. No details were available.

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