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City collects $4M in back taxes, but 96 delinquents remain 3 weeks before tax sale

Norwalk's tax sale is three weeks away.

Correction 10:06 a.m. Tuesday, July 1: The link has been fixed.

NORWALK, Conn. – Choices are narrowing, but there are still bargains to be had as Norwalk’s biennial tax sale draws near.

The good news for the overwhelming majority of Norwalkers who won’t be looking to pick up a quick property or boat slip is that the city’s coffers have been enriched by some $4,028,822 since the first tax sale notices went out in November to nudge tax delinquents into clearing up their past due bills, according to an emailed update from Tax Collector Lisa Biagiarelli.

More than 220 properties were included in the tax sale list in November. As of July 1, there are still 96 properties remaining in the sale, which is three weeks away. The list includes 41 properties and 55 boat slips (docks), Biagiarelli wrote.

The tax sale is scheduled for Monday, July 21, in the Norwalk Concert Hall. Bidder registration begins at 3 p.m.; the rules of the sale are to be read at 4 p.m. and the sale is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.

Information about the properties included in the tax sale is available on the city’s website. The list includes links to the property field cards, photographs and other information.

An informational packet containing copies of the relevant state statutes, as well as instructions and warnings for potential bidders, is available for purchase at the tax collector’s office for $20, Biagiarelli wrote.

The sale is a public auction, but only registered bidders will be allowed to bid at the tax sale. The public is invited to attend. Anyone is welcome to observe.

The tax collector’s office in City Hall will close at 2 p.m. that day to prepare for the tax sale.

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4 responses to “City collects $4M in back taxes, but 96 delinquents remain 3 weeks before tax sale”

  1. TLaw

    The link appears to be incorrect.

    1. Mark Chapman

      @TLaw

      The link has been repaired. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  2. Joseph C

    How is it possible that some properties keep making the tax sale list without being sold or paying past due taxes? Seligson has a property that has made the list three years in a row and the balance keeps going up! Do some get special treatment?

  3. @JosephC
    Lisa Biagerelli sent me a reply to your question:
    “This comment contains a question that states as fact something that is not true. Namely, that some properties keep making the list without being sold or paying past due taxes. The property owned by Stanley Seligson was in the 2010 tax sale, the 2012 tax sale, and the 2014 tax sale. All three times, it met the criteria we established. All three times, including this time, the taxes were PAID prior to the sale, so the property was not sold. Each time, the taxes were brought current to avoid the tax sale, and then each time they become delinquent again. to the point where the property was included in a subsequent sale.

    “The goal of the tax sale is to compel payment of back taxes, which is what we are doing in this case. However we can’t compel future payments that are not yet due.

    “Nobody gets ‘special treatment’. That question has been asked, and answered.”

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