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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Steuben officials: County netted $341K from tax sale

  • Steuben County officials say they made $341,000 from a sale of foreclosed properties held in July at Campbell-Savona High School, a decline from last year that indicates more people paying their taxes on time.
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  • Steuben County officials say they made $341,000 from a sale of foreclosed properties held in July at Campbell-Savona High School, a decline from last year that indicates more people paying their taxes on time.
    The sale included 61 properties this year.
    The total sale amount was $760,000, county officials said, but $419,000 went toward back taxes owed on the properties.
    County Finance Commissioner Patrick Donnelly said the sale was smaller than in previous years.
    Last year’s sale involved 85 properties and raised $900,000, of which $535,000 went to back taxes, netting $365,000.
    Donnelly said the smaller sale is a good sign, with fewer property owners in arrears on taxes.
    But he said despite that, and a lower unemployment ratefor the county, he’s not willing to say the local economy is on better footing.
    “I think the 250 people who lost their jobs when Philips Lighting (in Bath) closed will agree with that,” Donnelly said.

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