Clay County is looking into trying to sell the parcels which were not sold in the tax sale.
During Monday's meeting, the Clay County Commissioners listened to a proposal which could help bring delinquent properties back on the tax roll.
Jim Hughes, owner of SRI, Inc., Indianapolis, explained that because of legislation passed in 2007, the commissioners absorb any parcels not sold during a countywide tax sale and have the option of conducting more sales until all properties are off the delinquent list.
He also said the process is a little different once the commissioners are in control of the parcels.
"The entire process is a little simpler, in part, because notices do not need to be sent to the owners," Hughes said. "The commissioners had the potential to do additional sales in the past, but the laws have changed to make it easier to conduct another sale."
Following the tax sale on Dec. 5, 125 parcels had yet to be sold. However, since the sale, two residents have reconciled their delinquent property taxes and penalties, leaving only 123 parcels with the potential to be sold.
The biggest change Hughes proposed was conducting the sale on the Internet.
"We have had greater success in other counties by having the sale online because people from other states can also browse and invest in a property," he said. "Also, as part of this, we could have a computer set up at the courthouse on the final day of the sale and assist residents who want to participate."
Because of the various options available, the commissioners decided to conduct a special meeting Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m., in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse, to have a more in-depth discussion on the matter.
Hughes said he encourages residents, especially those who may own properties adjoining the delinquent properties, to attend the meeting and ask questions or to call SRI at 317-842-5818.
The commissioners also posthumously honored a county official.
A Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to the Community was presented to Ann Walden, widow of Clay County Veterans Officer Les Walden, who passed away Dec. 4.
"Not only did the county and country lose a good man, I lost a good friend as well," President of the Commissioners Charlie Brown said. "He did so many things and he inspired others in so many ways."
Many Clay County Veterans were in attendance for the presentation, which made Ann speechless.
The certificate proclaims Les the honorary chairman of all future Veteran's Day programs presented by the Clay County Board of Commissioners.
In other business during Monday's meeting, the commissioners:
* Approved Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton to order the four new vehicles which the Clay County Council had approved during budget hearings. The vehicles are expected to have a lease length of three years. Heaton also informed the commissioners he has received a check for the damage done to the department's vehicle, which was involved in an accident Dec. 16. Heaton added Det. Sgt. Jeff Maynard, who was injured in the accident, is currently in physical therapy and could return to duty in three weeks,
* Accepted all of the 2009 highway bids. This is common practice to allow the Clay County Highway Department the ability to purchase supplies based on the lowest price on any given day. Also, since there is no guarantee the county will utilize the service of all the bidding vendors, all performance bonds, which are included in the bid process, will be returned, and
* Approved, subject to modifications from legal counsel, preventative maintenance contracts with Havel, Indianapolis, for both the courthouse and the Clay County Justice Center.
The next regular meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, at 9 a.m., in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.