Saturday, October 10, 2015

Recap of Decatur’s tax sale

Deputy Police Chief Keith Lee presides over Decatur's 2015 tax sale
During the City's annual tax sale on Aug. 4, 2015, the Revenue Division auctioned 13 tax deeds to satisfy delinquent taxes owed. Four of the properties were bid on by investors, five were bid on by the City for potential greenspace, and four properties received no bids and will remain on the City's delinquent list. No owner-occupied homes were among the properties auctioned.

The City's collection activities are an exhaustive process lasting at least seven months and involving at least seven different attempts to notify the property owner of the repercussions for nonpayment. Tax sales are a crucial component in maintaining the City's 99.9 percent collection rate for real property taxes.

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