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Warren Co. seeks to make more land productive, generate taxes

The former Econo-Quik Gas & Car Wash site on Richards Avenue in Warrensburg has been off the tax rolls for at least 20 years due to underground pollution, which has now been remediated. Warren County leaders took an initial step this week toward getting more abandoned and distressed brownfield properties back in the hands of entrepreneurs who pay taxes — vital income for local governments and school districts.

The former Econo-Quik Gas & Car Wash site on Richards Avenue in Warrensburg has been off the tax rolls for at least 20 years due to underground pollution, which has now been remediated. Warren County leaders took an initial step this week toward getting more abandoned and distressed brownfield properties back in the hands of entrepreneurs who pay taxes — vital income for local governments and school districts. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Another brownfield property now off the tax rolls is the former Hague town dump, which was sold in 1970 to an individual.

The third is the site of a former machine shop and foundry next to the C.R. Bard plant off Bay Road in Queensbury.

Supervisors praised the initiative, which is subject to approval by the full county Board of Supervisors at their meeting Friday Aug. 17.

“This is a terrific proposal,” Bolton Supervisor Ron Conover said.

Chester Supervisor Fred Monroe agreed.

“Now, liens get so big on these distressed properties that the county never gets their money back — this measure will address that problem.

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