The Porter County
Commissioners voted 2-0 at a special meeting Thursday to hire the
Indianapolis-based SRI Inc. to conduct the upcoming commissioners’ tax
certificate sale in April.
Biggs, R-North, and Laura Shurr Blaney, D-South, approved the contract with
SRI over a proposal submitted by Onyx Electronics, which has an office in
The proposals were
reviewed at the Commissioners’ Jan. 31 meeting, when SRI Inc. proposed an
all-inclusive fee of 15 percent of sales made. That also included fees for
attorney’s services, who would be on hand at the sale to talk about the
parcels up for sale. Onyx had proposed a 7 percent commission fee but there
were additional costs for its attorney.
SRI then matched
Onyx’s rate of 7 percent while keeping its fee all-inclusive which gave it
the edge over Onyx, Blaney told the Chesterton Tribune.
SRI has handled the
County’s tax sales over the last five years, which have traditionally been
held in October.
If a property has
unpaid property taxes, it is subject to a tax sale to be sold on a lien. If
it doesn’t sell there, the County Commissioners will get a tax certificate
for the property which can then be sold later at a certificate sale.
“The goal is to get
as many properties sold as possible so they can be put back on the tax
rolls,” said County Auditor Vicki Urbanik.
Urbanik told the
Tribune this morning that a notice for the certificate sale will be
published on Wednesday. The special meeting was to get the process started
before spring property tax bills for 2017 are mailed out to cut down on any
confusion, she said.
As of now, there
are 403 parcels up for sale. That is down from 492 parcels about three weeks
ago as Urbanik reported there have been a number that have been resolved