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Legal documentation relating to Comptroller's sales of land for taxes

Held by the New York State Archives


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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
Land was sold when no taxes were paid for two years. If the owner paid the taxes within one year after the land was sold for taxes, it reverted to that person's ownership. This series consists of documents relating to sale and redemption of land on which taxes were owed, mostly in the Forest Preserve. Documents include tax searches, tax sale deeds, lists of lands on which taxes were unpaid or sold for unpaid taxes, affidavits, opinions and legal briefs.
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1 cu. ft.
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[ca. 1870-1910
Series Number:
A1387

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This series consists of documents relating to sale and redemption of land on which taxes were owed, mostly in the Forest Preserve.

This series contains correspondence, tax searches, tax sale deeds, lists of lands on which taxes remained unpaid or which were sold for unpaid taxes, and applications for cancellation of tax sales. There are also many documents relating to litigation in which the Comptroller was involved: affidavits; opinions; briefs; order; and memoranda. A law of 1823, Chapter 262 provided that when land taxes have been unpaid for a period of two years the land will be sold. If the owner paid the taxes within one year after the sale, it reverted back to that person's ownership.

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