News of Otsego County

Serving Otsego County, NY, through the combined reporting of Cooperstown's Freeman's Journal and the Hometown Oneonta newspapers.
Click for classifieds of Oneonta, Cooperstown, and all of Otsego County. Click for jobs in Oneonta, Cooperstown, and all of Otsego County. Click for dining, entertainment, and things to do in Oneonta, Cooperstown, and all of Otsego County. Click for real estate listings in Oneonta, Cooperstown, and all of OTsego County. click for cars, trucks, and other vehicles in oneonta, cooperstown, and all of otsego county. click for funeral homes, flower shops, and other businesses that specialize in= remembrance in oneonta, cooperstown, and all of otsego county. Click for more great ads from local businesses in Oneonta, Cooperstown, and all of Otsego County.

tax sales

County Board Supports Reducing Window On Tax Sales To 3 Years

County Board Supports

Reducing Window On

Tax Sales To 3 Years

Acting on the recommendation of Otsego County Treasurer Allen Ruffles, the county board at its monthly meeting Wednesday, Nov. 6, passed a resolution supporting reducing from four years to three the time before a delinquent property goes up for tax sale. Ruffles walked reps through his computations intended to show that, in the fourth year, the burden of back taxes, fees and interest on property owners becomes insurmountable. The first tax sale affected will be in 2022. Ruffles also recommended the county board create a buy-back law, so delinquent taxpayers can use the equity in their homes to remortgage their property to pay their taxes. That will require action at a later date. Ruffles is flanked by county board Chairman Dave Bliss and Jenna Utter, deputy clerk of the board. (Images from AllOTSEGO.com video of the proceedings)

CLICK HERE TO WATCH FULL VIDEO

OF COUNTY BOARD 11/6/18 MEETING

Maria Ajello’s Travails Reveal Flaws In Back-Tax Collection

EDITORIAL

Maria Ajello’s Travails Reveal

Flaws In Back-Tax Collection

Editor’s note:  At readers’ requests that this editorial reach the widest local readership possible, it is being reprinted from the Hometown Oneonta & Freeman’s Journal editions of Sept. 15-16.

A comtemplative Maria Ajello reflects on her fate at the September 2014 county board meeting, two weeks after losing her house at a tax sale. Her advocate and friend, Russell Ahrens, speaks on her behalf. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
A comtemplative Maria Ajello reflects on her fate at the September 2014 county board meeting, two weeks after losing her house at a tax sale. Her advocate and friend, Russell Ahrens, speaks on her behalf. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

It’s time to bring Maria Ajello’s ordeal to an end, to end an unpleasantness – an injustice, even – that has been simmering for 24 months now, as she reminded the Otsego County Board of Representatives at its September meeting on the 7th.

On Aug. 20, 2014, the date of the Otsego County treasurer’s annual auction of tax-delinquent properties at the Holiday Inn on Oneonta’s Southside, Mrs. Ajello arrived with payment of the $6,700 owed, plus an additional $2,299 in interest charges.

IF YOU HAVE AN OPINION ON THIS EDITORIAL, E-MAIL
YOUR COUNTY REP OR WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR

She was ready to pay the $8,999 total she owed on a house and 74 acres at 104 Filburn Road, hamlet of Monticello, Town of Richfield.

Due to a policy still in place, the payment was denied, and the house and land auctioned off for $75,000, plus the auctioneer’s 10 percent fee, a total $82,500.  So the County of Otsego garnered a profit of $65,001 – 650 percent – on the $8,999 total back taxes and penalties.

Posts navigation

21 Railroad Ave. Cooperstown, New York 13326 • (607) 547-6103