It is mandatory for the municipality to attempt to notify the owner as well as all lien holders of the property of the pending tax sale through issuing a registered letter; however, this is not always possible so the property is also posted with a Tax Sale Notice. If the taxes remain unpaid, the property is advertised in the local paper as well as our website twice prior to the tax sale.
It is advisable to consult with a lawyer before purchasing a property. The tax sale is a public auction with the successful bid being the highest bid at or above the advertised price. The advertised price is the total of all outstanding taxes, lienable charges, penalties, interest and tax sale costs.
If the property has more than six (6) years outstanding the successful bidder will receive a Tax Sale Deed and become the new owner of the property. If the property is less than six years in arrears a Certificate of Sale is issued to the successful bidder and the owner or lien holder will have six (6) months to redeem the property. Only at the end of the redemption period, if the property has not been redeemed, will title pass to the successful bidder.
***POLICY UPDATED NOVEMBER 30, 2018***
For more information please contact Tax Clerk at 902-875-3544 ext 222.