MEXICO – A 3-acre island in the Androscoggin River that selectmen agreed last month to put up for bid is now “off the market.”

Its owner paid three years’ worth of back taxes.

Town Manager John Madigan gave selectmen the information at Wednesday night’s meeting.

Town officials were unable to contact the island’s owner for the past three years and took possession of the island last month to sell it to recoup $518 in back taxes. The land is assessed at $5,600.

Since the June 24 meeting, Madigan said town officials tracked down the owner in Connecticut, and he paid the back taxes.

Regarding another piece of seized property that selectmen also agreed to sell, back taxes and utility charges remain outstanding.

That property is a vacant 2-story house and land at 24 Harlow Hill Road. It carries two years of back taxes totaling $2,335.85, $738.45 in sewer bills and $91.46 in water bills.

The town has the land assessed at $7,150 and the building at $14,850, for a total of $22,000.

Bidding for the property will start at $5,000, the amount OK’d by selectmen on Wednesday night.

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