County officials continue to get delinquent properties back on the tax roll.
On Thursday, the Commissioners' Tax Certificate Sale was conducted in the rotunda of the Clay County Courthouse, with the vast majority available for a starting bid of $10 or less.
"The sale went a little better than we had anticipated," Clay County First Deputy Auditor Erica Stallcop told The Brazil Times. "Out of the 125 parcels available, 43 were sold, bringing in $9,230 back to the county."
Stallcop added following the countywide tax sale in September 2010, 144 parcels remained, which contained approximately $137,000 in delinquent taxes.
"We removed a few parcels off the sale list, which were mainly streets in neighborhoods," she said. "However, there were 12 parcels that were redeemed prior to the Commissioners' sale."
While the 82 remaining parcels is fewer than the 95 left following the Commissioners' sale conducted in 2010, it is more than the 43 remaining after the sale in 2009.
"In 2009, there was a huge push to get as many parcels back on the roll since it had been a couple years since we conducted a sale," Stallcop told The Brazil Times. "That year, we sent out a bunch of notices to adjacent property owners notifying them about the available properties."
Stallcop said they did not send out notices this time around because of the high cost to the county.
"It is just a huge expense to the county to send out the notices, and with many of the properties being in the sale for multiple years, the adjacent owners were already aware of them," she said.
Winning bidders from Thursday's sale now have 120 days to conduct a title search and send out notices to interested parties of each parcel. At the end of the 120 days, certificate holders may petition the courts to receive the deed for the property.
Since conducting a title search can be a complicated process, officials encourage individuals who purchased properties during the sale to hire legal counsel for assistance.
"Overall, it was a very good sale," Stallcop said. "We had 24 registered bidders, and several others in the rotunda observing the sale."