The Wayne County Board of Supervisors set up a new committee to address Section 8 properties.



At their May 15 meeting, supervisors argued over a resolution that would authorize the removal of four delinquent properties from the foreclosure list and place them in the Section 8 Roll. Under Section 8, the properties, whose owners have failed to pay property taxes, would be removed from the tax rolls thereby saving the county the cost to reimburse taxes to the town, village and school district.

The Wayne County Board of Supervisors set up a new committee to address Section 8 properties.

At their May 15 meeting, supervisors argued over a resolution that would authorize the removal of four delinquent properties from the foreclosure list and place them in the Section 8 Roll. Under Section 8, the properties, whose owners have failed to pay property taxes, would be removed from the tax rolls thereby saving the county the cost to reimburse taxes to the town, village and school district.

The properties include 45 E. Genesee St. in Clyde owned by 1983 Finance Co. LC, 4763 Tellier Road in Palmyra owned by Anthony Wayne Caster, 4775 Tellier Road in Palmyra owned by Dave Kern, and 5 Main St. W. in Sodus owned by Eighteen Twelve Hotel, Inc.

If foreclosed on, the county claims ownership of the properties and therefore any cost for future clean up that may be needed on these parcels could back to the county. By placing these properties in Section 8 as recommended by County Treasurer Tom Warnick, Real Property Tax Director Shirley Bement and County Attorney Dan Connors, the county eliminates that possibility for as long as the property remains on the roll.

The resolution passed by a narrow margin with 770 yes votes. A total of 743 votes are needed to pass a resolution. Voting against the resolution was Arcadia Supervisor Dick Colacino, Butler Supervisor Dave Spickerman, Galen Supervisor Steve Groat, Huron Supervisor Laurie Crane, Lyons Supervisor Brian Manktelow, Palmyra Supervisor Ken Miller and Rose Supervisor Kenan Baldridge. Marion Supervisor Jody Bender and Savannah Supervisor Mike Kolczynski were absent from the meeting. Had the resolution been voted down the properties would go to auction.

“We need a new solution for these properties,” Walworth Supervisor Bob Plant said. “By keeping these properties on the tax rolls, Wayne County is reimbursing towns, villages and schools for taxes not being paid and if we take ownership, the county could spend millions to clean them up if there are environmental issues. I propose we set up a committee to address this issue.”

The board was in full agreement with several supervisors volunteering to take part in the ad hoc committee. Board Chairman Jim Hoffman will announce the committee’s members at a later date.