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Council to bid on properties at tax sale

NANTICOKE – City council agreed on Wednesday to bid on several blighted city properties at the Luzerne County tax sale next week.

City Solicitor Paul Pugliese said the city plans to purchase and raze the blighted houses in order to return the properties to the tax rolls.

Council said the tax sale bid proposal was discussed in an executive session prior to the council meeting. The state’s Sunshine Law allows executive sessions to be held under five instances, including personnel, real estate and litigation issues.

Some residents at the meeting asked city officials what properties the city plans to try to buy at the auction, but Pugliese stated the state Sunshine Laws do not require the city to list the specific properties of interest prior to bid.

The tax sale, on Wednesday beginning at 10 a.m. in the courthouse rotunda, is open to the public, so residents can hear who is bidding on what properties and for what amounts they are sold.

The Times Leader also will cover the tax sale and report the results.

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