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Essex County lawmakers seek tax sale

Essex County Board of Supervisors

Essex County Board of Supervisors Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Essex County is looking to hold a tax sale in the spring.

During the March 18 Personnel Committee meeting, North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi said he hoped the county would work quickly to hold that tax sale due to the need for revenue in the county.

"Given the financial crisis that we are facing, there is a lot of money here that is being left on the table," Politi said.

Politi and board Chairman Randy Douglas both tried to set a date for a tax sale on properties listed on the 2006, 2007 and 2008 tax rolls in April. County Attorney Dan Manning said those properties should be ready for a sale.

"We have outstanding 2006-2008, and they should be ready to go," Manning said. "I can get a date tomorrow if you want me to."

"If we can set the date for the 2006-2008 sale for early spring or summer sale then we could set a fall date for the others," Douglas said.

Manning said that there are some properties that have issues attached to them, which he would not make part of a tax sale.

"If we feel that there is going to be a problem with property, we take them out until the problem is solved," he said.

"I agree that if you have some problems with the property, take it out," Politi said. "There is a lot of money here. We are going to be facing real issues here in a couple of months."

During the meeting, the county also moved a resolution to the Ways and Means Committee authorizing a five-year contract with DEC for reimbursement of Solid Waste Disposal costs outside of Essex County for 2012 through 2017 $1,470,000 total or for $294,000 annually subsidy for the county's cost.

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