By Jeffery Smith jsmith@the-leader.com

BATH - The first nightclub to open in Steuben County, Club Valentine, is just one of about 125 properties expected to be up for sale at this summer’s Steuben County property tax foreclosure auction.

Pat Donnelly, Steuben County finance commissioner, said the auction will be held 10 a.m. July 14, at the Campbell-Savona High School, at 8455 County Route 125, Campbell.

“It’s larger than usual. I don’t attribute that to anything in particular,” Donnelly said. “It tends to go up and down, it ebb and flows, due to the complexity of the properties.”

Pirrung Auctioneers Inc. and Thomas Wamp, licensed real estate agent, will again run the auction.

Donnelly said the foreclosure auction consists primarily of residential homes, vacant lots, a few trailers and one commercial property, Club Valentine, which first opened for business in November of 1945.

Properties being sold by Steuben County are behind on property taxes for two or more years, or had reached a payment plan with the county and then defaulted on it.

Donnelly said property tax foreclosure auction sites can be found at http://steubencony.org or a book can be purchased for $10 at the Steuben County Office Building.

Last year’s property tax foreclosure auction raised just over $752,000 million to help pay taxes owed by the about 75 properties, Donnelly said.

Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler said the funds raised at the property tax foreclosure auction will to help pay taxes owed by the about 125 properties.