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NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF

ULSTER COUNTY COMPTROLLER

ELLIOTT AUERBACH
ELLIOTT AUERBACH COUNTY COMPTROLLER 244 FAIR STREET KINGSTON, NEW YORK 12401 PHONE: (845) 340-3529 eaue@co.ulster,ny.us
www.co.ulster.ny.us/resources/comptroller

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GOING…GOING… (BUT NOT ALL ARE) GONE
149 PARCELS COULD BE AUCTIONED AT COUNTY SALE
KINGSTON, NY (April 15, 2013)… Ten (10) more property owners have paid their outstanding tax liens prior to tomorrows Annual Public Auction of County Lands, to be held at SUNY Ulster. The list of foreclosed properties has now decreased 29%, since our first report released April 1, 2013. To date, sixty-two (62) parcels have been redeemed, removed or reduced for $1,280,783, thus leaving 149 of the original 211 parcels up for auction totaling $2,400,412 in unpaid taxes. The Towns of Saugerties and Ulster lead the foreclosed parcels list with 27 and 22 properties, respectively. Since Friday ten (10) parcels have been redeemed from the foreclosure list including two (2) in the Town of Wawarsing totaling $12,729. However, the redemptions have still kept the Town trailing closely behind the Towns Saugerties and Ulster with 18 parcels still in foreclosure. Also included in the ten (10) redemptions were two (2) parcels in Hurley (totaling $13,730); one (1) parcel in Rosendale ($13,362); one (1) parcel in Shandaken ($2,888); one (1) parcel in Shawangunk ($60,512); and three (3) parcels in Woodstock (totaling $36,341). Still up for auction are five (5) of the six (6) original parcels that had been deemed “uncollectable/hazardous accounts.” These parcels are located in the Towns of Plattekill, Saugerties, Shawangunk, and Wawarsing and total $817,620 in unpaid taxes. These properties are rendered unsalable due to the environmental issues associated with them and it is unknown if these properties will ever sell. The sixth parcel that was deemed hazardous, located in the Village of Ellenville, with $359,872 in outstanding taxes, has been removed from the auction list by the Environment Protection Agency due to continued remediation of the hazardous site. This year’s auction list includes eighteen (18) Towns of the twenty (20) Towns and two (2) of the three (3) Villages located in Ulster County with 141 parcels and 8 parcels respectively, with unpaid taxes outstanding for three or more years which total $2,400,412, up 4% from 2012. At the 2012 Auction, seventy (70) properties were sold, auctioned and requisitioned and one (1) property was sold in a private sale, leaving $1,073,895 still with unpaid taxes owed to Ulster County. Will the 2013 Public Auction of County Lands recapture the $2,400,412 still outstanding? The following represents the original listing and most recent update as of April 15, 2013: ###
The mission of the Ulster County Comptroller’s Office is to serve as an independent agency of the people and to protect the public interest by monitoring County government and to assess and report on the degree to which its operation is economical, efficient and its financial condition sound.

County of Ulster Comparison of the 2013 Public Auction Original Listing and Updated After Redemptions As of April 15, 2013
Number of Parcels Parcels Redeemed Unpaid as of & Removed April 15, 2013 4 2 4 0 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 3 0 8 5 5 5 1 8 4 62 9 4 1 5 2 3 4 9 3 8 5 5 1 27 7 5 22 7 18 4 149 Tax Amounts Unpaid Taxes Redeemed & Unpaid As of Removed April 15, 2013 AMEND $ 42,313 37,247 31,709 102,610 36,045 36,608 25,421 21,211 10,695 7,304 45,615 108,982 43,603 182,455 54,873 359,872 83,285 39,459 $ 183,704 35,347 3,013 29,559 1,071 46,952 84,275 99,832 15,948 197,848 51,344 20,173 7,690 857,534 92,731 133,858 239,690 105,305 171,341 34,673

Town Esopus Gardiner Hurley Kingston Lloyd Marbletown Marlborough New Paltz Olive Plattekill Rochester Rosendale Village of Saugerties Saugerties Shandaken Shawangunk Ulster *Village of Ellenville Wawarsing Woodstock

Original Parcels Unpaid 13 6 5 5 5 5 6 11 5 9 6 8 1 35 12 10 27 8 26 8 211

Original Tax Amounts Unpaid $ 226,017 72,594 34,722 29,559 103,681 82,997 120,883 125,253 37,159 208,543 58,648 65,788 7,690 966,516 136,334 316,313 294,563 465,177 254,626 74,132 3,681,195

Taxes Unpaid As of April 15, 2013 $ 183,704 35,347 3,013 29,559 1,071 37,746 84,275 99,832 15,948 197,848 51,344 17,903 7,690 857,534 92,731 133,858 239,690 105,305 171,341 34,673 2,400,412 **

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(9,206)

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(2,270)

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$ 1,269,307

$ 2,411,888

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*Parcel has been removed from the auction list in the Village of Ellenville by the EPA due to continued remediation of the hazardous site. ** Total does not include amounts owed on Ellenville's hazardous site.

The mission of the Ulster County Comptroller’s Office is to serve as an independent agency of the people and to protect the public interest by monitoring County government and to assess and report on the degree to which its operation is economical, efficient and its financial condition sound.