Some 97 parcels to be auctioned

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 15, 2014

Nearly 100 parcels of land will go on sale Monday morning due to owners’ failure to pay property taxes, said Chief Revenue Clerk Diane Thompkins.

“We have 97 still on the list,” Thompkins said. “Which is too many. We are going to start at 10 a.m. Usually we try to wrap it up by noon.”

State law requires tax officials to run a list of delinquent properties in the newspaper before public auction.

That list published multiple times during the month of April in The Star-News. State law also requires the public sale.

Bills are initially sent in September and are due on Oct.1, and becomes delinquent on Dec. 31.

Thompkins said a complete list of available parcels is available in the revenue commissioner’s office.

“Now, we can issue a list for $25 or they can look at the one on the counter here,” she said. “Whoever participates on Monday will be given one free of charge.”

Thompkins said landowners can pay their taxes up until 10 a.m.

Landowners have three years to file for land redemption after their property is sold.

Thompkins said the sale will be held in the hallway of the courthouse.

Parcels will be sold in alphabetical order by owner’s name.