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Welcome & thank you for your question. I am the professional that will be assisting you. Paying the taxes on a property you don't own was a risky decision. Are you paying rent to anyone?
This has been the situation for 8 years? I'm assume there is no mortgage or it would have been foreclosed. I suppose you can file an action in Court seeking a transfer of the title based upon your investments in the property over all the years. Honestly I'm not even sure what to call that action.
Of course you can also do nothing and wait for the town or the utility company to foreclose and then seek to be a buyer. You really need to consult a local real estate attorney.
If you become the new owner you will have no liability for the past utility debt.