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Trumbull to sell about $700K in tax liens

Some have been on the tax rolls for years.

Liens on four tax delinquent properties will be sold after the approval by the Town Council.

The properties and their debts are: 

  • 800 Booth Hill Road, F. Francis D'Addario Estate, $400,000
  • 408 Shelton Road, UOK LLC, $59,000
  • 29 Haverhill Road, Michael and Helene B. Knopick, $142,000 (real estate); and a separate parcel, $95,000 (real estate); $5,000 (sewer)

Council Chairman Carl Massaro Jr. said the practice is common for large municipalities. Town Attorney Ed Walsh said it was "uncommon" for Trumbull.

Another town attorney, Dennis Kokenos, explained the circumstances to a council committee.

"These tax liens are entirely exceptional," Kokenos said.

Someone called the Tax Collector's Office asking to buy the liens, halting the foreclosure process on 408 Shelton Road. The property could be contaminated, officials said.

The Tax Collector then decided to add other properties and to bid the work out.

But the town loses 18 percent interest on the debts, Kokenos added.

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The Booth Hill Road property is in litigation and in the midst of foreclosure proceedings, with an easement owned by a cell tower company.

The liens can be auctioned or sold, Kokenos said.

The Haverhill Road home has been in foreclosure in 2002 and taxes have not been paid on it since 1992, Kokenos noted. Another parcel has more liens on it, according to the attorney. 

"The tax collection rate has increased to 99.4 percent from 98.5 percent in the last three years....The process has resulted in collecting $1 million for the town to date," according to the meeting minutes. Kokenos told the board that 30 properties make up the $1 million collected.

louis July 03, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Well taxes will never be paid and obviously you cannot transfer the authority of the government to a third party, so if they challenged it in a real court, there is no way it would be upheld by credible people
JR July 03, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Aaron, will you be able to find out what these liens sell for?
Aaron Leo July 03, 2012 at 07:33 PM
I will surely ask. The town needs to put out a request for proposal first.
Thomas Tesoro July 03, 2012 at 07:47 PM
In business, questionable receivables are often sold for cents on the dollar. The chances of recovering on these is small so I hope we can salavge something. I agree with this approach.
CHUCK BROWN August 10, 2012 at 12:06 PM
HOW ABOUT CARS REGISTERED OUT OF STATE ? HOW MUCH TAX LOSSES ARE WE MISSING ?

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