WARRENSBURG Far more property owners in Warren County are apparently facing financial trouble this year than in 2011, considering the number of distressed properties to be sold off soon to recover delinquent taxes.
About 65 properties, including about 16 homes, are to be auctioned off for non-payment of taxes in a public sale set for 10 a.m. Saturday Oct. 20.
The number of properties to be auctioned off by Warren County is about double last years’ number. County officials said they do not know why the number is far higher than in 2011. Last year, 28 properties were auctioned off in the annual sale.
Three of the residences to be auctioned off are owner-occupied, according to county Treasurer Michael Swan.
The list of properties was higher several months ago, but has been whittled down as county officials have been accepting late payments and making payment arrangements to avoid taking properties away from owners. In an effort to keep people in their homes, county officials are continuing up through Friday Oct. 19 to accept payments, county Treasurer Michael Swan said Monday Oct. 15.
As of Monday, the properties to be auctioned include large wooded parcels of up to 70 acres, a plot with docking rights on Brant Lake, and nearly a dozen vacant building lots in subdivisions — two in wealthy neighborhoods.
Updated booklets of properties to be auctioned can be obtained at the county Real property office, in Warren County Municipal Center.
Two of the properties are wooded lots that are landlocked due to the Northway. One is a 17 acre plot east of I-87 in the town of Bolton and assessed at $8,800, and the other is 29 acres in Queensbury west of the Northway, assessed at $29,300. Another large plot, a 66-acre wooded parcel — believed to be a good for hunting — is located off 33 Pucker St. in Warrensburg.