Country Squire Lakes Receiver Mike Miller, left, and attorney Chris Doran have a question clarified by JC Treasurer Sandy Vance at the sale. Doran works with attorney Larry Greathouse on legal issues having to do with the receivership.—Staff Photos by Barbara King
With standing room only, the commissioners' room at Government Center was bursting at the seams for the annual Tax Sale held Thursday, Sept. 1 with those hoping to pick up a parcel or two or three at bargain basement prices. "It was an exceptional sale," remarked JC Treasurer Sandy Vance. In addition to local bidders, there were bidders from all over Indiana, from Illinois, Kentucky and Louisiana. The sale proved a boon for the county coffers as its bottom line closed the day a lot healthier than when the day first dawned. The tax sale is stipulated by law to be held in each Indiana county once a year for those property owners who have not paid taxes from the prior year's first tax bill installment. The owners of the properties sold at the sale can still get their real estate or homes back. They have one year to pay their delinquent property taxes, costs and penalties before the sales are final. The sale was conducted by County Auditor Kay Sue Vance and County Treasurer Sandra L. Vance with the assistance of SRI Inc. Three hundred sixty-four parcels (364) were offered to 40 registered bidders at the Thursday sale. When the gavel pounded for the last time, $635,214.95 was brought in as 113 properties sold. Of that total, taxes and penalties owed totaled $100,486.49; hence there was a surplus collected of $521,734.31 on Thursday, according to figures released by the treasurer's office. The Country Squire Lakes Receivership group, represented by Mike Miller and attorneys Larry Greathouse and Chris Doran, purchased 38 properties. The treasurer's office collected $383,463 before the actual sale, as people read the advertisement in the local newspapers and came in to pay late taxes. Three hundred forty-five (345) properties were redeemed before Thursday. For the 251 properties that were not sold, the county commissioners acquire a tax lien. They may then opt to offer these properties at another tax sale at a later date. Both the treasurer and auditor were thrilled with the outcome. Treasurer Vance noted such sales are only just. "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." Auditor Kay Sue Vance noted "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." All told, the sale cost the couty $12,993.75, which does not include advertising the sale. That cost is borne by a fee charged for those who are on the list itself if they redeem the property or the successful purchaser at the Thursday sale. No county commissioner or county councilor were present at the sale Thursday.
Posted: Friday, January 18, 2019
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