What Turner did not know was when he bought it at the district tax auction in September 2017, it was already marked as demolished. The city has sealed off the property and torn down.
"Well, I really wish I had a chance to rehabilitate the house," Turner said.
Turner was just one of the shoppers we showed you when he bought a property at the district and city tax auctions just to demolish the house.
Turner lost a small claim. Then he brought the county to court in Rochester and he won.
Court of Justice Judge John Elliott said on March 1 that the county should repay the taxes paid by Will Turner at the auction.
The sum? $ 1
"However, when I called the district attorney to initiate the payment, he informed me that the county intended to appeal the judge's decision," Turner said.
The county does not want to pay the verdict ordered by the court.
First, as we have been reporting all along, it was Turner's job to know the status of the house he was buying. He did not know that the house was for demolition. He has not checked the demolition list of the city.
And in a statement, the district chief spokesman wrote the following:
"Irrespective of the amount of the damage in question, judicial decisions may set precedents for future claims against the county. The best interest of taxpayers is that the county asserts claims, which would be a bad precedent in future cases, which could involve much larger amounts. "
" It makes me angry that as a taxpayer it's also part of my money, I pay that and it seems to be nonsense. "
News10NBC will keep track of what's happening here.
We can tell you that the city and the county have changed the way in which they auctioned off demolition houses. In the city, the auctioneer reiterates a warning that the property being auctioned includes a house in which the city is being demolished.