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Niagara County tax auction set for Saturday

LOCKPORT – Niagara County Treasurer Kyle R. Andrews said the county’s annual tax foreclosure auction will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Shawnee Fire Company hall, 3747 Lockport Road, Wheatfield.

As of Tuesday, 51 properties of the original 57 in the sale catalog still were available. The owners of the other six had obtained court orders allowing them to pay off the taxes and penalties owed in order to keep the properties. Andrews said those six payments brought the county more than $51,000.

Although the redeemed six included some of the better-looking homes on the list, Andrews predicted, “There will still be a robust turnout on Saturday. We’ve had a lot of phone calls to the office.”

Bidder registration starts at 8 a.m. The properties still scheduled for the auction were foreclosed upon because of a total of more than $284,000 in back taxes, interest and penalties.

The highest-value property on the list is a 2,000-square-foot ranch home on nearly six acres at 9000 Chestnut Ridge Road, Royalton, assessed at $160,800. But it comes with a poison pill: a federal tax lien of more than $43,000. “It’s the responsibility of the winning bidder to either pay that or negotiate with the IRS,” Andrews said.

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