For the First Time in Years, Town to Hold Property Tax Sale

The sale, conducted like an auction, will be held by the town's tax collection attorney and is different from a foreclosure sale.


It's been since the 1990s that the town of Clinton has held a property tax sale or a public auction designed to satisfy delinquent taxes owned by property owners.

"This is not to put anyone out of their home," said Tax Collector Melanie Yanus. "It's to help them stay in their home and get their lender to set up escrow accounts."

As Yanus explained, the town held a similar sale of vacant properties back in the 1990s, before she was tax collector.

"The town has a legal right to sell them," she said. "They are sold "as is.""

The property owners have received multiple notices of their delinquent taxes and of the upcoming auction, said Yanus.

How it works is a public auction is held. There are minimum amounts accepted for each property. The highest bidder(s) win. Then, an unrecorded tax collector's deed is filed in the town clerk's office for six months.

During that time, the homeowner, business owner or entity owning the auctioned property (not the bidder) continues to own it.

"No one can step a foot into that property during this time," said Yanus.

During the six months, the homeowner can pay back the winning bidder and all taxes, fees, expenses, etc. associated with the cost of the sale.

If during the six month time-frame the property owner does nothing, the deed is recorded on land records in the name of the new owner.  They now own the property and assume all future taxes and other costs.

Yanus has six properties that qualify for auction as of January 2, but doesn't expect all six to make the March sale.

"I've had three property owners come in the office in the past two weeks and pay their taxes," she said. Those properties were taken off the auction list.

Yanus also said her wish is that the mortgage lenders would set up escrow accounts for the properties.

"The majority have mortgages and have no taxes escrowed," she said.

The auction will be held at Andrews Memorial Town Hall on March 4 at 10am.

Address of Real Estate Delinquent Owner(s) Total Amount Due 9-15 John Street CTO Associates Limited Partnership, Chesebrough-Ponds, Inc., and Conopco, Inc. $105,150.82 42 Cow Hill Road Estate of Bradford Nicholson c/o J. Palsa & C. Spinelli $18,586.76 13 Beach Road Extension
Jayson Bellaria $8,338,54 3 Hunters Path Deborah Pascarella $8,156.51 45 and 49 East Shore Drive William and Sylvia Hebb $5,360.84 24 Meadow Road Gloria McKernan $4,732.89

Information in chart provided by the Clinton Tax Collector's office and is current as of Jan. 2, 2013 at 10am.

DisgruntledInClinton January 05, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Okay, so to get the most participants bidding, how is the town planning on advertising and promoting these properties? I would love to know what plan is in place.
Bill January 21, 2013 at 02:58 AM
About the properties to be auctioned at 45 and 49 East Shore Drive. The taxes and mortgage are current at the 45 E. Shore house property, but taxes are owed on the small vacant wooded 49 E. Shore lot that butts up against 45. The 49 E. Shore lot was bought and paid for 15 years ago, but the elderly owners cannot afford the taxes on that lot and were told by their lawyer that all the town would do is auction off the 49 E. Shore lot. Evidentley it was bad advice. The Town of Clinton is planning on auctioning off both the 49 and 45 E. Shore house property (taxes current) to get the back taxes owed on the 49 lot buy using CT General Statute 12-155 where the town can go after "other" properties to collect a tax. The elderly couple have been married 38 years, husband is 100% disabled, a Veteran, is the Block Watch Captain on their street, have lived in Clinton for over 30 years, and even offerred to donate the 49 E. Shore property to the town but no dice. They just don't have the cash to pay the taxes on the 49 E. Shore property, and in today's ecconomy many others can't either. So, if this auction goes through on March 4, somebody could get both properties for 5,300 bucks, and the elderly couple will be homeless. Sounds fair huh?
Susan Barr January 23, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Is there any way to view these properties ahead of time? I am interested but don't want to trespass.
Fay Abrahamsson (Editor) January 23, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Susan - I emailed the Clinton tax collector this morning with your question. She'll get back to me and I'll let you know. Thanks for reading the Clinton Patch!
Fay Abrahamsson (Editor) January 23, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Sue - the tax collector said there is no advance viewing and folks cannot go on the properties. I would think you can drive by the house/building as long as it is a public road, but you cannot step on the properties as they are still privately owned properties. The sale will be conducted at town hall.
Susan Barr January 24, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Thank you!
Jay January 29, 2013 at 10:28 PM
When and where and what are payment rules?
Fay Abrahamsson (Editor) January 29, 2013 at 10:38 PM
The when is March 4, the where is Andrews Memorial Town Hall. I have emailed the Tax Collector to ask about payment rules. The auction is being conducted by the attorney for the tax office. Most likely it is some form of cash at the conclusion of the auction.
Fay Abrahamsson (Editor) January 30, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Each possible bidder should contact Attorney Adam Cohen 203-330-2230 for payment rules. Thanks!
realtor1 March 02, 2013 at 02:45 PM
The attorney who gave the couple poor advice should be reported. I see this happen all the time. They should have asked a realtor that deals with properties in arrears that 2 properties on one deed can be an issue when it comes to past due taxes.


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