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Neighbors want vacant home in Onondaga County cleaned up or demolished: Your Stories

The Your Stories team has recently received several emails and phone calls about a Bridgeport home that's been vacant for nearly 20 years. The Onondaga County Property Tax Database says the homeowner owes more than $20,000 in back taxes and neighbors say the home is an eye sore and health hazard.
Bridgeport (WSYR-TV) - The Your Stories team has recently received several emails and phone calls about a Bridgeport home that's been vacant for nearly 20 years. The Onondaga County Property Tax Database says the homeowner owes more than $20,000 in back taxes and neighbors say the home is an eye sore and health hazard.

Many neighbors are wondering why the home on Rinaldo Drive East hasn't been auctioned off - or demolished.

“There are dead mice lying in all over the place from the cats scaling the tree and living there,” said neighbor Carl Hill.

Hill and his family say they have watched the home deteriorate for more than a decade. To help improve the outside, he mows the lawn almost every week.

He says the roof is caving in, an abandoned white van sits in the driveway, windows are boarded up and it's become a home for stray cats - all issues neighbors say are decreasing their property value.

“We've had estimates done since we moved in and people come out and look at the house and say these are nice houses except I don't want to look at that,” said neighbor Chessie Gilbert.

Neighbors are wondering how the homeowner is allowed to leave the home in its current condition.

The Onondaga County Property Tax Database shows $26,652.66 in delinquent taxes.

The home could be foreclosed, but the property owner filed for bankruptcy in 2011.

Generally, people have about five years to pay off the debt before the county can even touch the property.

Neighbors have called the town - but everyone's hands seem to be tied - causing issues for homeowners living on Rinaldo Drive East.

“The trouble is when you have a home like that - how do you sell your house - we're paying premium taxes, so its important for neighbors to keep their property up,” Hill said.

Neighbors can file complaints with the Cicero Codes Department and all it takes is one complaint for the department to investigate. From there they can assess the safety of the property.

NewsChannel 9 spoke to the Cicero Town Supervisor Jessica Zambrano, who urged neighbors in the area to call her office at (315) 699-1414 - so the town can investigate.

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