Tax sale generates over $25,000

Thursday, February 7, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Carly Cahur
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Six properties at the Dickinson County tax auction didn’t even sell.

Five properties sold for just $25.

Yet, the auction of properties that have failed to pay property taxes for the last three years was highly successful with 20 properties generating $25,126.

In 2018 just 14 properties sold for $4,810. In 2017 a dozen properties sold for $9,667.

Helping boost the auction total was an $11,000 bid by Stan Arveson for a lot located in south Chapman next to the Smoky Hill River, 129 E. First Street.

There were 26 properties Dickinson County Sheriff Gareth Hoffman attempted to sell to the highest bidders. Undersheriff James Swisher and Kelly Reid helped with the auction that attracted about 40 people. There were 11 different buyers.

Those that didn’t sell will be in the auction in 2020.

If real estate taxes remain unpaid for three years, property becomes eligible for tax foreclosure by the county. After due process, the property is sold at auction to the highest eligible bidder. The tracts are sold “as is.” Taxes had not been paid on the 26 properties for at least five years.

Of the 26 properties, 15 were in Herington, five in Abilene, two in Enterprise, two with Junction City addresses and one in Chapman.

Dickinson County Counselor Doug Thompson who is in charge of the annual tax sale said the new owners were responsible for half of current property taxes. The new owners are also responsible for specials and must pay a $38 handling fee.

The two properties that had specials were among those that didn’t sell.

“Back taxes are eliminated. This is that sale to pay those taxes,” Thompson said. “And it at least gets the property back on the tax roll.”

Thompson announced that the previous owners can’t buy the property back.

“Or if you are related to the owner, you can’t participate in the sale,” he said.

Thompson said when he became the county counselor there hadn’t been a tax sale for several years. The first sale he was involved in had 400 parcels.

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Original article here. 

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