April 18, 2016 03:58PM
By BROOKE CONSTANCE WHITE
Sun Staff Writer
STONINGTON — Three tax delinquent properties will be sold during a town auction on Wednesday, April 27. Town officials say that if the property owners do not pay their overdue taxes or make payment arrangements with the town before that date, the properties will be auctioned to the highest bidder.
The sale will include one lot, one commercial building and one waterfront home, but the list could change as taxes on the properties may be paid as the auction nears, Tax Collector Linda Camelio said.
To be included in the town’s 2016 tax sale, Camelio said owners must owe $5,000 or more, regardless of the length of time, or have back taxes from two or more years, regardless of the amount owed.
The tax collector’s office initially sent out 160 letters last September informing property owners that their property might be sold at a tax sale. All but 60 owners paid taxes on their properties. The office then sent out another 60 letters to the remaining delinquent property owners, and since the second round, all but three have made payments totaling more than $1 million in back taxes, Camelio said.
Although a tax sale could potentially happen every year, Camelio said it often doesn’t as most people usually end up paying what they owe.
“We’re hoping that’s what happens again this year,” she said.
If interested in purchasing any of the properties, the department suggests that potential bidders learn about the properties and look at the land records and property cards.
The auction is public and each property will be sold to the highest bidder. The minimum bid will be the amount of taxes, interest, lien, and other fees due as of the time of the sale.
The properties are located at 1 Northwest St.; 2-4 Mechanic St.; and the lot is on Lantern Hill Road.
The tax sale will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Town Hall conference room on the first floor and will be led by the tax collector’s office and the town attorney.