At 10 a.m., April 7, the county will conduct its Commissioners' Certificate Sale in the rotunda of the Clay County Courthouse.
"As of the end of business Thursday, there were 115 parcels set to be in the sale," Clay County Deputy Auditor Erica Stallcop told The Brazil Times. "We have already advertised the properties in the newspapers three separate times."
Stallcop said owners of the parcels with outstanding taxes have up until the start of the sale to redeem the unpaid amount.
"Also unique to this sale is the owners will have only 120 after the sale to redeem before the deed would possibly be transferred to the individual who purchased the parcel at the sale," she said. "However, the buyer also only has the 120 days to perform the title search and send out the notices to interested parties, rather than the year they have following the countywide tax sale."
Stallcop added the certificates purchased at the sale will be good for six months after the redemption period, in which time the buyer may still petition the courts for the deed, which must be obtained before they officially have ownership of the property.
In an attempt to sell more of the eligible parcels, the commissioners reduced the price on some down to $150 to cover advertising and vender costs. SRI, Inc., Indianapolis, which conducted the county sale in December 2008, will also be auctioning the properties in this sale.
"There were some parcels with thousands of dollars in taxes due and the property needs to be demolished, which costs quite a bit to do," Commissioner Paul Sinders said. "We knew those properties wouldn't sell at those prices, so we reduced them to make them a more enticing purchase."
Sinders added notices were sent to parcels adjacent to those in the sale so they would have an opportunity to purchase them as well.
"The neighbors may want to clean up the property themselves, rebuild or even have an extra lot at their disposal," he said. "The important thing is to get these properties back on the tax roll."
The commissioners decided not to change some of the prices on the parcels because the property is still in good condition.
"We want to sell them to responsible taxpayers," Sinders said. "I pay my taxes and believe everyone needs to pay their fair share, and I think residents want to see these properties sold as well."
Sinders told The Brazil Times the commissioners plan to seek alternate options for sell any properties not sold April 7.
"We wanted to have one more 'live' sale to allow residents to come in and have the opportunity to purchase locally," he said. "However, we hope to put any unsold properties in an online sale down the road."
To view the list of properties in the Commissioners' Certificate Sale, visit www.sri-taxsale.com/Commissioner.