City of Dayton continued paying property fees after lot was sold


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The city bought this 5-acre property on Burns Avenue near Miami Valley hospital for nearly $500,000 in 2011 using some federal dollars, but was mistakenly sold a short time later for only $635 to Upscale Realty.

After talking with the County Auditor and going through records, 2 NEWS Investigates found the city not only sold the property by mistake, they also continued to pay assessment fees for it after the sale. More than $2,700.

County Auditor Karl Keith tells 2 NEWS Investigates the city likely didn’t even know they had sold the property because the deed contained an error.

He says that deed lists one parcel number but two lot numbers. The parcel number for the Burns Avenue address was never listed. Keith says the city only meant to sell just one of those lots.

Now, Congressman Mike Turner is asking for a fix since he helped secure some of those federal dollars that were lost by the sale. He said this mistake could cost Dayton. The city may have to pay back those federal dollars or it could have a harder time getting them in the future for economic development.

The city plans to take legal action to get the property back from Upscale Realty.

We’ve asked for an on-camera interview with the mayor multiple times but was told when there is potential legal action, it’s their policy to not comment.

The city said it has implemented a procedure to guard against similar errors in the future. We are waiting for more information about that.

We’ve also left a message for the owner of Upscale Reality, but have not heard back.

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