Pre Tax Title Auction Information

On February 11th, the City of Pittsfield released information regarding an upcoming tax title auction.  Before the tax title auction begins, Pittsfield will post the properties currently in tax title. Property owners of these tax title properties are encouraged to visit the Treasurer’s Office, room 110, in City Hall, to pay their tax title or enter into a payment plan. Information on how to enter a payment plan is available on the City’s website (http://www.cityofpittsfield.org/news_detail_T3_R325.php) .

Mayor Bianchi stated, “The tax title auction is not meant to be a disciplinary measure, however, the City currently has about 10 million dollars in unpaid taxes. Some of the delinquent taxes are decades old.  Many other municipalities have successfully completed tax title auctions with great success.”

He added, “We currently have the option for property owners to enter into a payment plan with the City so as to avoid the tax title auction process. I encourage property owners to take advantage of all the options available to them.”

Information regarding properties in tax title will be posted on www.cityofpittsfield.com under ‘recent news.’  Properties will be posted on the website on Monday, March 9th.

A prescreening of the tax titles being auctioned will be held on March 18th from 9 am to 12 pm in City Council Chambers, located in City Hall.  The prescreening will describe the properties in tax title and legal staff will be available to answer any questions about the process. Please note that the auctions are for tax title liens, NOT the properties themselves.

February 11th Press Release
The city of Pittsfield will hold an auction this Spring with the help of a yet to be determined auction firm.  During the auction the City will be selling its property tax titles to investors instead of the City engaging in the lengthy foreclosure proceedings required by Massachusetts Law.  The auction will include numerous tax titles from all wards in the City.  Under Massachusetts Law, municipalities may issue a tax taking to lien properties for accounts more than a year past due, and the City has numerous properties that are many years in arrears.  Once an account is in tax title, the taxpayers are responsible for 16 percent interest on the principal balance of the account. After six months the City can file for municipal foreclosure. Upon receiving a judgment of tax foreclosure from the land court, the municipality becomes the owner of the property.  Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 60, section 60 & 2C allows for municipalities to assign the lien to an investor for the full redemption price.  The investor then can either collect the tax or proceed with the foreclosure.  The City plans on holding a pre-auction reviewing of the proposed properties to be sold and then proceed with the sale.  All questions regarding this process can be directed to City Attorney, Darren M. Lee at 413 499-9355 via e-mail dlee@pittsfieldch.com.