Porter County officials held their annual delinquent property tax sale this
week on Tuesday, resulting in the collection of $6,407,134.96 from owners
That is more than $3.5 million that was collected in 2012.
The original list of delinquent properties certified by County Auditor
Robert Wichlinski and Treasurer Mike Bucko earlier this year contained 1,198
properties with a total amount due of $9,424,031.
There were 637 properties that paid prior to the sale generating a total of
$5.5 million and 75 properties removed for cause prior to the sale,
resulting in 486 properties being offered at the sale to 77 bidders.
The number of properties sold at Tuesday’s sale was 184 and spurred at
minimum bid of $883,835. The total buyer amount paid was $7.059 million
leaving a surplus collected of $6.1 million.
Surplus amounts can be redeemed by the delinquent property owners within the
one year redemption period. They will have to pay the lien buyer the minimum
bid amount plus an additional ten percent within the first six months and 15
percent through the second six months.
The 302 properties not sold at the sale will have their tax lien acquired by
the Porter County Commissioners who may offer those properties at a sale at
Wichlinski said from the sale, the County netted $859,545 from back taxes
and penalties which will be distributed to the respective governing units
such as county government, municipal governments and schools in December by
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.
Conducting the sale again this year was SRI Incorporated of Indianapolis
whose commission from the county tax sale was $24,290.
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