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TAX DELINQUENTS GIVEN A BREAK LACKAWANNA DELAYS SEEKING PERSONAL JUDGMENTS

The Lackawanna treasurer is giving about 100 people who are delinquent on their taxes some extra time before the city seeks personal judgments against them.

Demand-for-payment letters mailed in October said taxes remaining unpaid after Nov. 30 would result in the city seeking personal judgments.

The letters concerned city and school taxes for 1989-90 and prior years.

A second letter was mailed Thursday giving those still delinquent until Wednesday before the matter is turned over to the city attorney's office, Treasurer Kathleen A. Taylor said.

"It was a decision on my part to do a second mailing because there's some confusion and some people have said they were coming in to make arrangements," Mrs. Taylor said.

"This (seeking judgments) is not something we want to do. But on Dec. 13 they will be turned over to the city attorney's office."

Since the original 220 letters went out, about 90 people have paid about $112,000 in back taxes on 130 parcels, Mrs. Taylor said.

Another 30 have signed confessions of judgments giving them until Feb. 1 to pay.

That leaves about 100 people owing about $290,000, she said.

However, the number subject to judgment action is expected to be considerably smaller because some are not residents of the city, and therefore not subject to judgment, Mrs. Taylor said.

It's up to them to prove they are not residents, she said.

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