The deadline for overdue tax payments to the City of Utica is coming quick, and arrangements must be made soon in order to avoid foreclosure. The number of foreclosures in the city has been on the decline recently, according to Gene Allen.

According to a release on Mayor Palmieri's Facebook page, property owners in the city have until Friday to make payment arrangements before the foreclosure goes into effect. In the release Palmieri says,

Once the property goes into foreclosure you cannot just pay the back taxes - there is a process you must follow and it will cost you more. The City of Utica does NOT want to foreclose on properties but the Third Class Cities Act does not leave us any other alternative.

There are a number of things you may be able to do if you're home does go into foreclosure including buying it back. However, you can't simply pay back the taxes. You must go through the proper channels like everyone else by making an offer.

The number of people who have lost their homes to foreclosure has decreased in the recent years. Gene Allen confirmed that on his recent appearance on 'First News with Keeler in the Morning.' The head of Urban Renewal also joked that his goal is to put himself out of a job, so there are no vacant properties left in the city.

If you have any questions about your taxes you can contact the Utica Comptroller's office, or by downloading the new '311' app.

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