SPRINGFIELD – The city plans to publicly announce the names of property tax violators on Friday, having delayed publication so far due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The city will post legal announcements in The Republican regarding around 150 plots that are still in tax violation as of fiscal 2019, with their owners owing a total of around $ 490,000, said Peter Sygnator, deputy collector. Homeowners have until 6 p.m. Oct. 14 to pay taxes in full or the plots will be taken over by the city the next morning, he said.

“We would normally have taken the 2019 take in March 2020,” Sygnator said. “Mayor (Domenic) Sarno asked us to delay taking due to the pandemic. By giving taxpayers an extra 19 months to pay, we have 25% of the number of packages normally included in the catch.

“We attribute this to taxes paid on ordinary sales of real estate as well as the unusually active real estate market over the past two years,” said Sygnator.

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in death, disease and economic hardship around the world. Governor Charlie Baker and Sarno declared a state of emergency in March 2020.

The last tax levy by the city took place on March 15, 2019 and concerned delinquents in the 2018 fiscal year.

“It’s great to see that giving extra time to pay has allowed so many homeowners to avoid the catch,” said Sygnator.

The number of backlogged packages varies each year. In March 2017, for example, 720 advertised packages owed a total of around $ 1.2 million. One year later, 538 packages were advertised for a total of $ 804,433. At the time, Treasurer-Collector Stephen Lonergan said he believed the reduction in 2018 was due to the economy starting to recover.

The tax lien process is now overseen by Treasurer-Collector Christopher Caputo.

City officials have said the legal publicity of delinquent taxpayers can cause many taxpayers to pay their taxes before the city imposes liens on properties, as well as additional costs.

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