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County delinquent property tax sale nets $1.29 million

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Porter County officials held their annual delinquent property tax sale on Tuesday, Oct. 22, resulting in back taxes and penalties fully paid on a total of 405 parcels, according to a statement released by the Auditor’s Office

The sale resulted in the collection of $1,296,527 in delinquent taxes, penalties, and tax sale costs from owners and buyers. A total of 787 parcels was originally certified for tax sale. Of these, the delinquencies on 333 parcels totaling $921,705 were fully paid prior to the sale. A total of 50 bidders registered for the sale, which resulted in another 72 properties sold.

The sale, organized by the offices of Porter County Auditor Vicki Urbanik and Porter County Treasurer Michelle Clancy, was conducted by Indianapolis-based SRI Inc.

A property tax sale is required to be held in each Indiana county for properties for which the owner fails to pay the property taxes from the prior year’s first tax installment. A tax lien may be sold to the highest bidder to satisfy the tax obligation. The owners of the properties sold at the sale have one year to pay the delinquent taxes, costs, and penalties in order to keep the property.

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

For the 293 properties that did not sell, the County Commissioners acquire a tax lien and may offer those properties to the public at a certificate sale later. “It is our ultimate goal to return these properties to the tax rolls as quickly and efficiently as possible,” Urbanik said. “Property owned by people who pay their property taxes help ensure our local government services are fully funded.”

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Posted 10/23/2019






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