Naples land sale to recoup money

By Dawn De Busk

Staff Writer

NAPLES — It seems there could be a land sale by the Town of Naples to offset the town’s purchase of the Begin estate, which is the lot next to the fire station.

The longtime town-owned property. that could be put out to bid. is on State Park Road. Previously, it was used as the Naples Transfer Site; and a few years ago, it was being eyed for a future dog park. The land is near Chipmunk Lane.

During the Naples Board of Selectmen meeting on Monday, resident Jim Turpin asked about land being sold to re-coup the cost of buying the Begin estate.

Chairman Bob Caron II said the land on State Park Road looked like a good option to bring in revenue for that reason.

“Something needs to be done. It has been 15 months since you (the board) told voters” that purchase cost would be recouped through land sales or timber harvest sales, Turpin said.

Later during Monday’s meeting, the board discussed the sale of tax-acquired properties.

According to Town Manager Ephrem Paraschak, “we started with about 80 properties. About 60 were paid off.”

“The other 20 had snafus. Those will require another notice to be sent out,” Paraschak said. The town planned to mail out another round of aggressive letters and legal notifications, he said.

Caron asked which lots might be good to sell to offset Begin purchase — as the board goes through the list of properties.

“The goal is to get these properties back in the hands of taxpayers,” Paraschak said.

Selectman Dana Watson asked about timber harvest on the land that was “the old dump.” He was talking about the former Naples Transfer Site.

Paraschak said the timber-harvest option would not bring in much money there. “It could be marketable real estate. I know timber prices aren’t phenomenal right now,” Paraschak said.

Caron agreed that the best bet was to sell the lot on State Park Road.

Meanwhile, the town accepted $10,000 for the sale of the property on Gore Road. The minimum price to recoup back taxes was $4,400. It was unclear whether that included administrative costs associated with the tax lien process.

It was uncertain whether some of the difference will be applied toward the Begin estate purchase, and if that is allowable by law.

As part of the manager’s report, Ephrem updated the board on back taxes owed by P&K Sand and Gravel, Inc. “They will set up a payment arrangement. They may be able to take advantage of business tax reimbursement with the state. That is for older taxes. That should help out a lot,” Paraschak said.

NW dd51 Naples land sale on horizon

Land sale to recoup money

 

By Dawn De Busk

Staff Writer

NAPLES — It seems there could be a land sale by the Town of Naples to offset the town’s purchase of the Begin estate, which is the lot next to the fire station.

The longtime town-owned property. that could be put out to bid. is on State Park Road. Previously, it was used as the Naples Transfer Site; and a few years ago, it was being eyed for a future dog park. The land is near Chipmunk Lane.

During the Naples Board of Selectmen meeting on Monday, resident Jim Turpin asked about land being sold to re-coup the cost of buying the Begin estate.

Chairman Bob Caron II said the land on State Park Road looked like a good option to bring in revenue for that reason.

“Something needs to be done. It has been 15 months since you (the board) told voters” that purchase cost would be recouped through land sales or timber harvest sales, Turpin said.

Later during Monday’s meeting, the board discussed the sale of tax-acquired properties.

According to Town Manager Ephrem Paraschak, “we started with about 80 properties. About 60 were paid off.”

“The other 20 had snafus. Those will require another notice to be sent out,” Paraschak said. The town planned to mail out another round of aggressive letters and legal notifications, he said.

Caron asked which lots might be good to sell to offset Begin purchase — as the board goes through the list of properties.

“The goal is to get these properties back in the hands of taxpayers,” Paraschak said.

Selectman Dana Watson asked about timber harvest on the land that was “the old dump.” He was talking about the former Naples Transfer Site.

Paraschak said the timber-harvest option would not bring in much money there. “It could be marketable real estate. I know timber prices aren’t phenomenal right now,” Paraschak said.

Caron agreed that the best bet was to sell the lot on State Park Road.

Meanwhile, the town accepted $10,000 for the sale of the property on Gore Road. The minimum price to recoup back taxes was $4,400. It was unclear whether that included administrative costs associated with the tax lien process.

It was uncertain whether some of the difference will be applied toward the Begin estate purchase, and if that is allowable by law.

As part of the manager’s report, Ephrem updated the board on back taxes owed by P&K Sand and Gravel, Inc. “They will set up a payment arrangement. They may be able to take advantage of business tax reimbursement with the state. That is for older taxes. That should help out a lot,” Paraschak said.

 

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