Township board open to taking tax-reverted parcels

FLINT TWP. — Thirty-five land parcels that nobody bought at the no-reserve Genesee County tax-sale auction in late October are now headed for the rolls of the Landbank, except for one.

The township has a standing arrangement with the county treasurer’s office to refuse all tax-reverted parcels and it usually does. But this time there was one parcel the board viewed as a keeper.

The parcel is located on Norko Drive, roughly northeast of the township police department and behind commercial buildings fronting on Linden Road. No size was given.

Township assessors reviewed the list of tax-reverted parcels and recommended thatthe board notify the county treasurer’s office that it will accept only the Norko parcel.

The land comes at no cost to the township, said Township Supervisor Karyn Miller. The board has sold previously accepted parcels for a profit.

Miller also said she would like to arrange to accept more vacant parcels in the future, with an interest in deeding them to adjacent landowners. That would return the property to the tax rolls instead of adding them to the stockpile at the Landbank.

The township can assist owners in deeding the vacant parcels back to them, Miller said, adding that she will be discussing with the township attorney how to set up a plan to do that.

“I am pleased to see us take that one property next to the police station,” she said. The tax-reversion list included a mix of commercial, vacant and residential parcels. Most were residential improved. Other ultimately rejected parcels of interest include a vacant residential property on River Road in the Flushing school district. It has a state-equalized value of $9,700, according to county treasurer tax records. Also refused is a vacant commercial parcel on Mill Road near the Mill Road Apartments, between Flushing and Beecher Roads. County tax records list its SEV at $7,500. Three commercial and two residential parcels on Flushing Road also are left on the reject list. Most of the residential-improved rejects are on streets in known distressed neighborhoods including three in the 3200 block of Hatherly Avenue , three in the 3200 block of Augusta Street and two in the 3200 and 3300 blocks of Hogarth Avenue. County tax records also show that the accepted Norko property is located in the Swartz Creek school district and has a SEV of $147,500.

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