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Tax deadbeats running out of time as property sale draws near

There are still 27 properties, including this one at 111 S. Main St. with a delinquent tax bill of $73,435, on the tax sale list.
There are still 27 properties, including this one in the names of Donavan O. Stephenson Sr. and Chiquita Stephenson at 111 S. Main St. with a delinquent tax bill of $73,435, on the tax sale list.

NORWALK, Conn. – The clock is ticking for the tax-delinquent owners of 27 Norwalk properties and 55 boat slips.

Norwalk’s biennial tax sale is set for Monday, July 21, at Concert Hall in City Hall. As of Friday morning, July 18, the properties headed for sale include single family residential properties; multi-family residential properties; commercial properties; apartment buildings; retail facilities; residential condominium units, commercial and/or professional condominium units; a marina; beach lockers; boat lockers; marina units (docks), non-conforming lots; island property; and vacant land that may or may not be buildable, according to a press release from Tax Collector Lisa Biagiarelli.

Property belonging to Jacob J Kozar Jr. & Debra Jane Kozar & Betts Island Oyster Farm LLC II is for sale for $61,650 in delinquent taxes.
Property belonging to Jacob J Kozar Jr. & Debra Jane Kozar
& Betts Island Oyster Farm LLC II is for sale for $61,650 in delinquent taxes.

As of the close of business Wednesday, July 16, the tax collector’s office had received payments totaling $4,456,326 on properties that had been included in the tax sale since the first notice went out in November 2013. More than 225 properties were included on the original list. The amount collected to date on the 2014 tax sale already exceeds the total that was collected in the 2012 tax sale.

This will be the City’s sixth tax sale since 2003. The tax sales have collectively to date yielded nearly $23 million in revenue, Biagiarelli said.

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

The tax sale is open to the public, and anybody may attend as a spectator. Those who wish to bid must register between 3 and 4 p.m. on the day of the sale. The rules are read at 4 p.m., and the sale begins at 5 p.m.

The minimum bid list is available at the tax collector’s office or online on the tax collector’s home page. 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.

The tax collector’s office at City Hall will close promptly at 2 p.m. Monday in order to prepare for the sale, Biagiarelli said.

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