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Jackson County property owners who are delinquent on their taxes may be subject to the county’s upcoming tax sale.
Documents on the tax sale were filed last week and presented to real estate property owners who have not paid their taxes in three years. Leinholders and other lenders were also notified.
A total of 38 tracts in Jackson County, representing approximately $102,000 in back taxes, are listed in a public notice printed in the March 10 print edition of The Holton Recorder.
County Counselor Alex Morrissey said that property owners, if they choose, have until April 21 to file an “answer” or defense for their debt. A hearing date for those who file an answer will be set later this spring.
Property owners must pay their back taxes before the start of the tax sale, which is expected to take place on the first floor of the Jackson County Courthouse in June, Morrissey said. If they don’t, the owners are subject to foreclosure.
To be excluded from the tax sale, property owners must pay off all their delinquent taxes, not just those incurred within the three-year time frame. The tax total also includes penalties and interest, publication costs and other fees.
“We’ve already have five or six property owners come in and pay off their taxes,” Morrissey said.
During the last county tax sale in 2011, a total of 26 properties had three years of delinquent taxes, and less than 10 were eventually sold at public auction, Morrissey said.
A public notice will appear in The Holton Recorder three weeks prior to the tax sale and will include the description of all property listed. Sales are conducted at 9 a.m. on Mondays and payments are expected by 4:30 p.m. the following Friday.
The county will initially bid in the delinquent taxes and special assessment costs in all foreclosures up for public auction, Morrissey said. All other bids for the property must be higher than that amount set by the county.
Morrissey said that state regulations forbid property owners from bidding on their own pieces of property at the tax sale. Also, family members of the owners are not allowed to bid on the property at the tax sale.
Morrissey said the tax sale is a constant, ongoing process.
“As soon as this one ends, we’ll start with the next one,” she said.