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County tax sale draws less interest than anticipated

by Dennis Sharkey

Jefferson County held its first tax sale in two and a half years last week with little results.

In the weeks leading up to the sale there seemed to be some interest and even a little hype in the sale that featured 215 properties. After the sale was over only 28 properties had sold.

Jefferson County Treasurer Mary Underwood said the county collected more than $28,850 from the sale. But those proceeds include a $280 court cost fee for each parcel and $350 for the auctioneering service.

The last tax sale in May 2009 generated more interest, much because of out of state and even in some cases out of the country corporations that were buying vacant lots in subdivisions around Lake Perry. This year corporations didn’t participate.

County Commission counselor Jan Hayes had requested that any corporation that was interested in buying property contact her office prior to the sale.

Although the county sold a lot of those properties in the last tax sale, taxes on many of those properties have not been paid since.

The county’s next tax sale should be much larger because many of those properties that were purchased by corporations will return to the next tax sale.

Underwood said it will take at least a year for the next tax sale. Typically it takes about two years to put together a tax sale. She said her office will begin the abstract work in January for the next sale.

 In other actions:

• Commissioners on Monday approved a motion to maintain about 750 feet of black top surface on 134th Street west of Decatur Road. About 1,000 feet of road will be milled down and returned to a gravel road.

Commissioners relied on a resolution that allows the county to return a road back to its original state if the county does not have the funds to maintain the road.

Chairman Richard Malm said an agreement was made several years ago between a previous road and bridge director but no documentation can be found.

• Road and Bridge Director Francis Hubbard said he is getting a bid for a steel structure bridge to replace an outdated bridge on 154th Street that was closed down last month by Hubbard because of safety. Hubbard said he is already getting calls from property owners wanting the bridge back open.

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