List Of Properties Whittled Down For Monday’s Tax Sale

Potter County Today

A concerted effort by Potter County Tax Claim Bureau (TCB) staff has led to the collection of tens of thousands of dollars in delinquent taxes and fees in recent weeks. Nevertheless, a small number property owners who still owe their 2008 taxes face the prospect of their holdings being sold by auction on Monday, Sept. 13, during the TCB’s annual Upset Sale. It’s scheduled for 9 am at the Gunzburger Building.

Collections of overdue school district, municipal and/or county taxes continued far ahead of the pace of recent years as of Friday, according to TCB Director Todd Brown. In 2009, a modern-day low record of 33 properties went to the auction block and two of them sold. The number will be even smaller in this year’s sale, Brown said. Bidders are warned that the county does not guarantee clear title, which makes most of the properties unappealing because of mortgages, liens and other encumbrances. Properties which attract no bidders will be designated for the continuance sale, a judicial sale, or for the county repository. In a judicial sale, the county sets a minimum bid in an attempt to recover outstanding taxes, while all mortgages, liens and encumbrances are wiped clean.

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