Clay County Deputy Auditor Erica Stallcop told The Brazil Times 383 parcels were on the initial list to be sold, but there have been a few who have reconciled their delinquent taxes since then.
"Right now, there are still 304 parcels slated to be in the sale," Stallcop said Tuesday. "In total, the delinquent taxes owed on those properties add up to $288,481.60."
According to Clay County Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh, properties included in the tax sale have delinquent taxes dating back at least 18 months, or three property tax collections.
"For a property to be on this sale's list, the taxes be delinquent back to the Spring 2010 collection, although there are some that have been delinquent for much longer," Alumbaugh said.
This year's sale will take place at 10, a.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, in the Clay County Courthouse Rotunda, marking the third consecutive year with a tax sale after a large gap when only one took place between 2002 and 2007.
Current owners of the properties still have time to pay off the delinquent taxes and fines, which will take the respective parcel off the list, but it must be done no later than 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29.
While a far cry from the more than 800 parcels on the list for the 2008 sale, it remains a constant battle for county officials to get all of them back on the tax roll.
"The economy has hit everyone hard, even local governments," Alumbaugh said. "Having these properties back on the tax books is not only a benefit to the county's finances, but also to the other residents who utilize the county's services."
Like last year's sale, the highest bidder will receive a tax sale certificate for the property -- upon payment of all associated costs by the end of the day of the sale -- which is valid for one year.
However, receiving a tax sale certificate is not a guarantee of ownership to a specific property as the current owner also has a year to reconcile the delinquent taxes and incurred penalties. Also, should the year pass and the winning bidder does not complete the steps necessary to obtain the deed, the certificate becomes null and the costs paid the day of the tax sale are not refunded.
SRI, Inc., Indianapolis, will also be conducting this year's sale, as they have done in recent years.
For questions or more information about the tax sale, or the repayment of delinquent taxes, contact the Clay County Auditor's Office at 448-9001 or the Clay County Treasurer's Office at 448-9009.