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Springfield Property Auction Draws Buyers and Protesters

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – A property auction in Springfield drew both people looking to buy as well as some protesters.

Mayor Domenic Sarno says it’s important for the homes to be sold so they are back on the city’s tax roll.

He also says it’s good for home owners’ property value if the homes are rehabbed.

But a number of protesters who showed up at the auction Tuesday night say taking people out of their foreclosed homes is not the answer.

“Everybody deserves affordable housing, nobody deserves to be thrown out because they can’t pay back taxes and the city will not negotiate with them,” says Roxanne Langevine who’s with  Arise for Social Justice.

Eighteen properties were up for auction tonight and nine of those were residential homes.

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  • weasel

    So I should pay your taxes and provide you services while I work multiple jobs. Get out of my life you losers.

  • alpinequeen

    No tickee, no shirtee.

  • Sonny Parlin

    Interesting.

  • EricD

    Pay your bills, real simple… Lose your job get another, if it doesn’t pay enough I guess you were too short sighted to get a vocation that was in demand or you didn’t bother to go to school and make yourself more marketable. Either way you can’t keep what you can’t afford, basic economics… Unless of course you were counting on mass. Generosity in handing you a he and property for free