officials held the annual delinquent property tax sale last Friday, Oct. 14,
resulting in collections of $2,093,815 from owners and buyers.
In total, 497
parcels had all taxes, penalties, and costs paid in full.
The sale was
coordinated by Porter County Auditor Vicki Urbanik and County Treasurer
Michelle Clancy and was conducted by Indianapolis-based SRI Incorporated.
SRI conducts tax sales in 83 counties in Indiana, Michigan, and Colorado.
A property tax sale
is required to be held in each Indiana county for those properties where an
owner of real estate fails to pay the property taxes from the prior year’s
first property tax bill installment. A tax lien on the property may be sold
to satisfy the tax obligation to the highest bidder. The owners of the
properties have one year to pay the delinquent property taxes, costs, and
penalties to keep the property.
“Tax sales are a
necessary function of county government. It is only fair to the people who
pay their property taxes every year to pursue those who do not pay,” said
Owners of a total
of 396 parcels paid the delinquent taxes prior to the tax sale. A total of
520 parcels were then offered at the tax sale, with 49 bidders
For the properties
that did not sell, the County Commissioners acquire a tax lien. The
Commissioners may offer those properties to the public at a sale at a later
“It is our ultimate
goal to return these properties to the tax rolls as quickly and efficiently
as possible,” said Urbanik.
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