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.