Tax Auction Changes

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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – A U.S. Supreme Court decision could affect how local tax auctions are done.

Almost two weeks ago the Court Ruled that both state and local governments cannot keep any proceeds beyond what is owed when collecting property with unpaid taxes.

All of this stems from a county in Michigan that violated the fifth amendment by taking their private property.

Jamestown Director of Development Crystal Surdyk says that the city may not pull any properties due to the ruling.

“The Supreme Court overturned a ruling out of Michigan, that will now set the precedent, and change the legislation for any municipality that is going to be running a foreclosure auction,“ explained Surdyk. “They are now considering that foreclosed properties, once they are sold, that constitutes as taking someone’s property.”   

Ultimately municipalities in the Empire State believe that the auctions should be delayed until a state plan is in place.

No matter what, the homes up for the tax auction will still be assessed by code enforcement officers.


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