Monday, September 16, 2013

High points of Mayor's tax-lien sales plans

On September 13, Mayor Vince Gray and CFO Natwar Gandhi announced the cancellation of all tax lien sales in 2013.   According to the release,
At the initiation of Mayor Vincent C. Gray, he and Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi have ordered the cancellation of the 2013 tax-lien sales for all properties receiving the Homestead Deduction (those properties owned and occupied by the homeowner and where foreclosure proceedings have not yet commenced). The Mayor has also established the office of a Real Property Tax Ombudsman, who will work in the Executive Office of the Mayor to provide counsel to those residents needing assistance and directing them to appropriate resources.

Mayor Gray also announced that the Office of the Attorney General and Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services will play a role in all pending foreclosures.   The permanent legislation to be introduced September 17 will detail the role of the Real Property Tax Ombudsman and the two executive branch agencies.

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