Saratoga County officials have tentatively agreed to sell 6.25 acres seized for back taxes to the town of Stillwater, which wants the land for an extension of its off-road recreation trail.
“It would provide an extension to Mechanicville and the Zim Smith Trail,” said Stillwater Supervisor Ed Kinowski. “It is a chunk we need, and it fell into our lap.”
The county board’s Equalization and Assessment Committee on Monday approved selling the property to the town for about $4,800 in back taxes, fees and penalties owed by the previous owner, Vance I. Cohen. The sale must still be approved by the full Board of Supervisors.
It is routine policy for the county to sell tax-acquired properties to a municipality, if the municipality wants the property for a public purpose.
The Stillwater Town Board last month formally made a request for the property, and that was sufficient for the county to pull it from the Sept. 17 back-tax auction.
The property the town wants is between Brickyard Road and a bend in the Pan Am Railways right of way as the track turns from the Hudson River bridge south toward Mechanicville. The town bike trail currently stops at Brickyard Road, and Kinowski said the land acquisition would extend it another quarter-mile toward Mechanicville.
Trail construction won’t occur before 2015, Kinowski estimated.