Auto shop among properties being taken by county for unpaid taxes
BY NED CAMPBELL
NISKAYUNA — Smith’s Automotive, which opened on Aqueduct Road in Niskayuna by the Rexford Bridge more than 60 years ago, could be closing its garage doors for the last time.
Owner Charles “Skip” Smith Jr. said he owes $48,000 in property taxes, which he needs to pay off by Friday, Oct. 16, to prevent the property’s foreclosure. The back taxes are the sum of three years of school, county and town taxes, he said.
The property at 2884 Aqueduct Road is one of 33 on Schenectady County’s list of tax-foreclosed properties scheduled to be auctioned in less than two weeks on Oct. 24.
“We’re attempting to gain some funds and get it paid by the time it’s due,” said Smith, who took over his father’s business in the 1980s. “It’s hard to believe this little three-bay gas station is worth $16,000 a year in taxes, but it is, I guess.”
In May, the auto repair shop reopened after a weeklong closure that followed the state’s seizure of the building when Smith missed a sales tax payment.