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Council Member Andy King to host information session for property owners facing tax lien sale

Bronx, NY. Monday, May 2, 2016 – NYC Council Member Andy King will host an information session about the city’s upcoming tax lien sale on Thursday, May 5, at 6:30 pm. at the Williamsbridge NAACP Early Childhood Educational Center, 670-680 East 219th Street., Bronx.

The workshop will be conducted by representatives of the New York City Department of Finance, Environmental Protection, and Housing Preservation and Development, who will meet with property owners faced with a lien sale.

Properties appearing on the tax lien sale list may be there because of overdue property tax, water or sewer charges. After a certain time, the city sells the tax liens. There are 852 properties within the boundaries of Council Member King’s 12th District on the 2016 lien-sale list, according to the latest information from the city Department of Finance.

The last day for property owners on the tax lien sale list to pay their debt or enter into a payment agreement is on May 11, 2016. The Lien Sale will take place on May 12, 2016.

Persons unable to attend the information session should call 311 and state that they have a tax lien problem. The call will be transferred directly to the Department of Finance. Bills can also be paid by visiting the Bronx Business Center, 3030 Third Ave., 2nd Floor.

There are several ways to remove a property from the tax lien list. Tax abatements and exemptions are two of them. Members of the clergy, veterans, seniors and those with disabilities may be eligible for an exemption to be applied to a portion of the tax bill.

Applicable tax abatements may also remove a property from the sale list. For more information, visit the Department of Finance website at http://www1.nyc.gov/site/finance/taxes/property-lien-sales.page.

Those who do not qualify for an exemption or abatement can have their property removed from the list by developing a payment agreement with the Department of Finance or the Department of Environmental Protection.

Call the Department of Finance, Tax Lien Ombudsperson, at (212) 410-5408 for information regarding property taxes, NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Customer Services at 718-595-7000 for information on water and sewer bill,  and the NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection, Water Lien Ombudsperson Office at 718-595-OMBU (6628), to dispute water and sewer charges. For more information about the information session, call Council Member King’s office at (718) 684-5509.

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