Delinquent taxes owed hovers at $11 million

Seventy percent of that cut from local schools by property owners who don't pay.
Andy Ouriel
Mar 21, 2013

WHAT: Nearly 2,300 — 5 percent of all parcels in Erie County — are tax delinquent, translating to almost $10.7 million owed to the county treasurer's office. Close to half the parcels and the amount owed is in Sandusky.

HOW: The amount primarily accumulates when debtors fail to pay their property taxes.

IMPACT: The people hit hardest from delinquent debtors are children in area school systems. Anywhere from 60 percent to 70 percent of the county tax is earmarked for public school districts. To offset the loss, school officials have cut programs, staff and services.

The city and Erie County are riddled with abandoned properties and properties owned by people who cannot — or will not — pay taxes owed. 

County officials are ramping up efforts to collect that debt. 

"We are trying to maximize our collection," Erie County assistant prosecutor Jason Hinners said, who monitors the delinquent properties. "We are putting such an emphasis on going after these properties because we understand the schools and other jurisdictions need this money."

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Comments

whocares

Lets pass more levies so people can get further behind

Julie R.

If the hick courts in Erie County could force property in Huron that was owned scot-free and clear of a mortgage for almost 40 years with never any back taxes owing to be sold at a scam sheriff sale just so their modern-day Bonnie & Clyde attorney friends and other idiots wouldn't have to follow the law i.e. acknowledge the fraud they committed on the property so it could be put back into the correct owner's probate estate and sold with a CLEAR TITLE, how could the hick courts in Erie County possibly force the properties of others to be sold at a sheriff sale for failure to pay taxes?

wiredmama222

In other states, they don't do a sheriff sale. They simply compile a list of all the properties that are two years behind on the tax bills. You go down to the court house and take a look for yourself. Then you drive past the property. Then you make your notice of intent to pay the taxes in full. The tax office sends a registered letter to the owners of the property. They have 30 days in which to pay the tax bill in full. If they don't, then YOU buy the property for the taxes.

You can then force the present property owners to either pay you or force the mortgage company to pay you or go into forclosure to pay you. That's that.

arnmcrmn

Merica...land of the free and hey if you don't want to work... Don't. Someone will take care of you.

deertracker

This is the perfect example of your brain on drugs!

Julie R.

Every week there's dozens of foreclosures in the paper. Stands to reason, if people can't make their house payments then they can't make pay their taxes, either. I'm curious to know who is buying all these foreclosures. Stories I've heard, some of them have gone to auction two, three and four times and nobody even bids on them.

Julie R.

On the flip side of the coin, when the Erie County courts and their ignorant attorney friends pulled off that scam to sell property with serious defects in the title at a sheriff sale, there were TWO people there bidding on it. One was a realtor .... and the other was one of the fraud power of attorneys that CAUSED the defects in the title.

(one couldn't even MAKE-UP the crap that goes on at that corrupt Erie County courthouse)

donutshopguy

Julie R.

The banks have a representative at the sheriff's sale. They will bid up to what they have invested in the property. Then if someone wants to bid more than they let it go. The bank still gets their money.

kURTje

Any rental(s) Metro? In the next county, a person got into deep stuff for his games & rentals. Hint some were Metro / translate OUR $$.

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