officials held their annual delinquent property tax sale on Tuesday, Oct.
22, resulting in back taxes and penalties fully paid on a total of 405
parcels, according to a statement released by the Auditor’s Office
The sale resulted
in the collection of $1,296,527 in delinquent taxes, penalties, and tax sale
costs from owners and buyers. A total of 787 parcels was originally
certified for tax sale. Of these, the delinquencies on 333 parcels totaling
$921,705 were fully paid prior to the sale. A total of 50 bidders registered
for the sale, which resulted in another 72 properties sold.
The sale, organized
by the offices of Porter County Auditor Vicki Urbanik and Porter County
Treasurer Michelle Clancy, was conducted by Indianapolis-based SRI Inc.
A property tax sale
is required to be held in each Indiana county for properties for which the
owner fails to pay the property taxes from the prior year’s first tax
installment. A tax lien may be sold to the highest bidder to satisfy the tax
obligation. The owners of the properties sold at the sale have one year to
pay the delinquent taxes, costs, and penalties in order to keep the
“Tax sales are a
necessary function of county government,” Clancy said. “It is only fair to
the people who pay their property taxes every year to pursue those who do
For the 293
properties that did not sell, the County Commissioners acquire a tax lien
and may offer those properties to the public at a certificate sale later.
“It is our ultimate goal to return these properties to the tax rolls as
quickly and efficiently as possible,” Urbanik said. “Property owned by
people who pay their property taxes help ensure our local government
services are fully funded.”
information on property tax sales, see