Auctioning off pieces of Broome County

By Jillian Marshall

February 22, 2014 Updated Feb 23, 2014 at 1:02 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) More than 50 homes and lots were up for grabs in Binghamton.

About 250 people packed the Broome County auction Saturday morning at the Holiday Inn.

The majority of the properties were foreclosed on or vacant lots.

The county said this saves taxpayer money by putting these properties back on the tax rolls.

"They're currently three years behind in taxes. This puts them back on the tax rolls and starts generating money for Broome County and the city residents," said Real Property Director Dave Hamlin.

All properties in the auction were sold as is, so buyers are responsible for repairs and code violations.

Last year, the county sold 52 properties, and made more than $1 million.

There will be a county-wide auction in the fall.

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