Fulton County to auction 20 vacant properties

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County government will conduct a special online auction at 1 p.m. Nov. 3 to sell nearly 20 county-owned tax-acquired parcels that didn’t sell in the county’s regular annual June auction

County Treasurer Terry Blodgett said the public will utilize the website known as www.nysauctions.com for the auction.

“We’ve done this in the past,” Blodgett said.

The county treasurer said he started online auctions for Fulton County about four or five years ago and they have been popular. He said the online event in the fall helps clear up available properties that didn’t sell in the original annual county auction in June.

“We want to eliminate as many properties as possible,” Blodgett said.

Blodgett recently told the Board of Supervisors’ Finance Committee that several new parcels were added to the leftover list due to completed demolitions.

He said placing parcels back on the tax roll reduces the county tax burden. All terms and conditions of the online auction are the same as the annual auction. The Board of Supervisors must approve all underbids.

The Nov. 3 online auction will feature about 20 tax-delinquent properties. Certain properties from the county’s June 15 auction at the Holiday Inn involving 100 properties didn’t sell. But the regular auction still netted the county an extra $350,000 above the covered tax-delinquency amount. It was one of the county’s most successful auctions ever, Blodgett said at the time.

The online auction will mostly involve properties from the city of Gloversville, many of which are vacant lots. Other online properties available will include two- and one-family residences on Division and Lafayete streets, and two commercial buildings on South Main Street.

Town of Johnstown properties available in the online auction will include vacant properties on County Highway 101 and Fiske Avenue.

Another vacant is slated to be sold off County Highway 119 in the town of Stratford.

Fulton County netted $4,764 from the county’s last online property auction in November in which eight properties were sold.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected].

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