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No takers for dozens of properties at auction

There were no bidders and therefore no sales of tax-title properties offered during a public auction Thursday by the City of Salamanca.

The city annually publishes a list of properties with unpaid taxes in December, and this year was no exception, with dozens of them included.

The same names appear each year, officials noted.

"They all pay eventually," Mayor Jeffrey L. Pond said.

With that in mind, the city in 2009 passed legislation allowing City Comptroller Linda J. Rychick to withdraw any parcels from the sale, at her discretion. This allows the city to control the sale of parcels.

The city's goal was to remove parcels that previously were sold to Native Americans who are exempt from property taxes, leading to further erosion of the city's tax base.

Nearly all of the city is located on the Allegany Territory of the Seneca Nation of Indians.

Parcels offered for sale are all located off the reservation in the area of Highland Avenue, north of the city.

The largest parcel offered was a former commercial building known as 151 Highland Avenue LLC, with unpaid taxes of $6,479.

The balance of the nine parcels offered were lots with houses and vacant land.