The Syracuse Common Council voted to approve seizing a dozen owner-occupied homes for back taxes - property that will be transferred to the new land bank to sell to new owners.

The city didn't start this overnight. In the 10 months that delinquent owners began seeing tax for closure notices, the city has received $4.4 million in back taxes and penalties. The council was in unanimous agreement on most seizures, with a split vote on four properties where no one from the city had been able to make personal contact with the homeowners. In addition to the seized homes, the Council also voted foreclosures on 18 other properties. The 200 properties initially targeted are just a fraction of the 3,500 tax-delinquent parcels in the city.