NORWALK — An additional $603,135 is coming to the City’s coffers via the latest tax sale, if all the bids are “consummated,” according to Tax Collector Lisa Biagiarelli.
Eleven of the 12 properties that made their way to the auction block Monday and were sold. The taxes on three properties were paid the morning of the sale and they were therefore removed, and another property fell off the list due to a bankruptcy filing Monday afternoon, Biagiarelli said.
Work on the sale began in 2019 with 248 properties on the list. Bidders put down $5,000 deposits Monday to qualify for participation; the winners have until 3 p.m. today to pay the balance due or their deposits will be forfeited.
There were only four bids waiting to be “consummated” Thursday evening, she said. The sales will be finalized Friday “once we check for wire transfers and see who else comes in. I do not expect there to be any who do not perfect their bids.”
Should all the sales go through, she expects more than $8.5 million will have been collected.
Taking a shot at the tax sale is a bit of a crap shoot, as bidders cannot enter the properties to inspect them. A set of signs detailing the available properties sat in front of the Concert Hall stage Monday, and before the sale began a group of men stood in front of them discussing potential pitfalls to purchases, with one commenting, “You don’t know if there’s oil in the ground there.”
Up for bid first was a piece of land on Sheffield Road, a leftover from Norwalk’s last tax sale in 2018. Although two bidders had registered for that auction, no one raised their bidder numbers when it began and the property remains unsold.
Old Saybrook residents John and David Ayers owe $24,525 in taxes on the .23-acre parcel, appraised at $95,550. Biagiarelli said the city will take ownership as it’s been through two sales.
The second auction was more entertaining, with the spirited competition you might expect given that 17 bidders signed up for the auction – except that only three attempted to buy it.
First up was bidder number 10, registered as Mathew Field, raising his number to assent to paying the $102,406 taxes due on 92-100 Main St., a $1.1 million commercial property. A game of one-upsmanship ensued, with the bidder registered as Arek Rutkowski competing only with Field as the price went up in $10,000 increments.
It looked like the war would stop at $470,000 but a new man jumped in; the bidder registered as Pardeep Singh Gill took only one shot at that property, then Field and Rutkowski were at it again.
Rutkowski, a Wilton resident, won, commiting to pay $510,000 for the property. But Singh Gill, a Westport man, won the next auction with the top bid of $320,000 for 11 Merrill St., a single-family home built in 1975. It’s appraised at $419,880 and $28,868 in taxes are owed by James D. Funnell, trustee of the Joan Chufoo Trust.
None of the winners own the properties yet, as the delinquent taxpayers have until April 18 to pay their taxes and the interest due to the winning bidders. If that doesn’t happen, the properties will transfer ownership on April 19. The city will collect the tax monies due and the Courts will decide who gets the remaining amount, the “overbid;” it might go to the delinquent taxpayers but it won’t go to the city under any circumstance.
Biagiarelli said about 45 people register to bid Monday. The results were:
- No one bid on Sheffield Road, a .23-acre lot owned by John and David Ayer of Old Saybrook. It’s appraised at $95,550; $24,525 in taxes are owed.
- Arek Rutkowski of Wilton won the auction for 92-100 Main St. with a $510,000 bid. It’s a commercial building owned by Vincent and Dina Bica, appraised at $1,105,800; $102,406 in taxes are owed.
- Pardeep Singh Gill of Wilton won the auction for 11 Merrill Road with a bid of $320,000. It’s owned by James D. Funnell, trustee of the Joan Chufoo Trust, appraised at $419,880; $28,868 in taxes are owed.
- REO Q42016, LLC, C/O Michael Reiner of Farmington, won the auction for 2 Hadik Parkway Unit #G/2, a residential condo/townhouse) with a $210,000 bid. It’s owned by William and Sandra Ginicola, appraised at $260,840; $27,931 in taxes are owed.
- REO Q42016, LLC, C/O Michael Reiner of Farmington, won the auction for 6 Cliff St. with a $230,000 bid. It’s a two-family home owned by Gregory Hunter, appraised at $241,290; $102,823 in taxes are owed. Includes $40,000 in blight fees.
- Kibria Gulam, a Norwalker, won the auction for 51 Stevens St. Unit #1E, (retail condo) with a $115,000 bid. It’s owned by Edward Jalbert, appraised at $117,620; $15,523 in taxes are owed.
- Silvano De La Cruz, a Norwalker, won the auction for 14 Snowden St. with a bid of $210,000. It’s a single-family home owned by Cynthia Jimenez, appraised at $258,310; $24,014 in taxes are owed.
- Robert Henshaw Twiss of Westport won the auction for 11 Carlin St. with a bid of $280,000. It’s a single-family home owned by William and Gloria Morton, appraised at $386,350; $57,090 in taxes are owed.
- Robert Henshaw Twiss of Westport won the auction for 20 Devils Garden Road with a bid of$340,000. It’s a single-family home owned by Dorothy S Partch Estate, Majorie Partch trustee, appraised at $494,070; $81,081 in taxes are owed.
- Oliver Wright, Jr., a Norwalker, won the auction for 10 Bouton St. with a bid of $250,000. It’s a two-family home owned by Robert L Pendergrast Estate, Barbara Pendergrast trustee, appraised at $280,820; $36,385 in taxes are owed. Wright lives next door.
- Piotr Chmielewski, a Norwalker, won the auction for 6 Lyncrest Drive with a bid of $290,000. It’s a single-family home owned by Sandra and Edwin Rosales, appraised at $378,780; $82,483 in taxes are owed. Includes $54,900 in blight fees and $1,018 in motor vehicle taxes.
- Cosmo Iadanza of Stamford won the auction for 9 Elton Court with a bid of $260,000. It’s a single-family home owned by Ruth Verdejo-Duarte, appraised at $275,600; $44,531 in taxes are owed.
- 106 Comstock Hill Road, a two-family home owned by Elsi Savvidis, was removed from the sale due to mortgage holder filing for federal bankruptcy protection. It’s appraised at $1,221,100; $60,369 in taxes are owed. Collection will be pursued at a later date unless taxes are paid through the bankruptcy proceeding.
Correction, 2:41 p.m.: Overbid might go to delinquent taxpayer.