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Lewis County tax auction down to 17 parcels

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LOWVILLE — Following a flurry of late buybacks, this week’s Lewis County tax auction is down to 17 parcels.

Last week, nine owners of delinquent properties — including the former Marty’s Grub and Pub gas station and convenience store on Route 26 in Houseville — repurchased them before the Friday afternoon deadline.

That leaves the old Greig Convenience Store at 5223 Greig Road, now used as a bottle and can redemption center after being vacant for several years, as essentially the lone commercial property still available at the auction, set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Lowville Elks Lodge, 5600 Shady Ave.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Internet bidding also is available.

Thirty-three properties were sold at last year’s auction.

This year’s event, again conducted by Haroff Auction Service, Schroon Lake, will feature mainly vacant parcels, with five including some type of primary or seasonal residence.

None of the remaining houses is listed as occupied.

Of the 17 remaining parcels, four are in the town of Lewis and two apiece are in Diana, New Bremen and Watson. There are no available properties in six of the county’s 17 towns: Harrisburg, Martinsburg, Montague, Osceola, Turin and West Turin.

The county in February foreclosed on 50 tax-delinquent parcels. To redeem them, property owners had to pay all taxes and fees and any delinquent taxes from January 2012, plus 10 percent of that amount as an auctioneer’s fee and 5 percent of the parcel’s full value.

County legislators also removed a 4.5-acre parcel on Fish Creek Road in the town of Greig, near the county-owned Singing Waters park. County officials said the parcel, which includes extensive road frontage, would aid access to adjacent county reforestation land that has very little frontage.

Information on the parcels is available at Haroff’s website: www.nysauctions.com.

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