Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- The City of Syracuse is cracking down on tax delinquent properties. The city sent out letters Monday to 200 home and property owners who owe on back taxes.
The Erie Boulevard Bowling Center owes Syracuse more than $166,000 in back taxes and another boarded up building on South Salina Street owes nearly $4,000.
The city is warning those who are behind on their taxes to pay up or risk foreclosure.
“This is a change in strategy for the city where they didn’t want to foreclose on a property and take that responsibility, but now that there is a land bank, the city is going to be more aggressive with foreclosures,” said Paul Driscoll, Commissioner, Neighborhood and Business Development.
In the first phase of the crackdown, the city sent out 200 letters, giving owners 60 days to either pay their taxes or at the very least, come up with a payment plan.
The foreclosure process is a long one, but the city says it could start seizing properties in about six months.
“We don’t want to necessarily seize all of these properties, in fact we don’t,” Driscoll continued. “We expect more than half of this first round to actually pay off their taxes.”
The city says it needs to be pro-active in getting delinquent properties, back on the tax roll – especially at a time when all governments are struggling for revenue.
The next wave of letters will be sent out to tax delinquent properties in February. Foreclosure counseling is available for those struggling to pay their taxes. CLICK HERE
for more information or call 474-1939.