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Latest Delinquent “Tax Sale” Nets County Nearly $262,000

JASPER (Local Sources) – Dubois County Officials held their annual delinquent property tax sale on August 27, 2015.

The sale was conducted by County Auditor Kathy Hopf and County Treasurer Chad Blessinger. A property tax sale is required to be held in each Indiana county for those properties where an owner of real estate fails to pay the property taxes from the prior year’s first property tax bill installment.

A tax lien on the property may be sold to satisfy the tax obligation to the highest bidder. The owners of the properties sold at the tax sale have one year to pay the delinquent property taxes, costs and penalties to keep the property.

The sale, conducted by Indianapolis-based SRI Incorporated on behalf of Dubois County, offered 19 parcels to 11 bidders. SRI conducts tax sales in 83 counties in Indiana, Michigan, and Colorado.

This year’s tax sale resulted in the collection of $261,692.44 from owners and buyers. 83 parcels had all taxes, penalties, and costs paid in full.

Blessinger said, “Tax sales are a necessary function of county government. It is only fair to the people who pay their property taxes every year to pursue those that do not pay.”

For the 12 properties that did not sell, the county commissioners acquire a tax lien. The county commissioners may offer those properties to the public at a sale at a later date.

Hopf commented, “It is our ultimate goal to return these properties to the tax rolls as quickly and efficiently as possible. Property owned by people that pay their property taxes ensure our local government services are fully funded.”

For more information on property tax sales, visit www.sri-taxsale.com.

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