SCHENECTADY — Schenectady County last month sold 22 properties it had taken for unpaid taxes, garnering a total of $568,100 for the parcels, county officials said.
The properties were all located outside the city of Schenectady, which has its own process for seizing properties for unpaid back taxes and, when possible, auctioning them off to be returned to the tax rolls. The county holds one property auction per year.
The auction took place in late October, and the results were approved Tuesday by the county Legislature.
"Schenectady County continues our efforts to sell unneeded property and get it back onto the tax rolls to benefit all our residents," said Anthony Jasenski, D-Rotterdam, chairman of the county Legislature.
The auction list originally included 39 properties taken for back taxes, but 17 were returned to their owners after they paid the taxes due.
Since 2008, county officials said they've returned more than 350 properties to the tax rolls, either because the previous owners got caught up on their taxes or because the properties were auctioned off. Other properties have been transferred to local municipalities for parkland or other municipal uses.