Delinquent tax sale totals more than $150,000

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Barry County sale nets more than twice last year's total

The area delinquent tax sale sold 66 out of 173 real estate properties on Aug. 25 for a total of $150,441.38, according to the Barry County Collector of Revenue's Office.

"The sale was one of the largest in recent years for parcels (piece of properties) being offered," said Janice Varner, county collector.

Missouri law states people with delinquent real estate taxes may not go more than three years delinquent in the state before each collector has to sell the properties back on the tax roll, Varner said. The county, which is not receiving tax money from those properties, sells them to pay the taxes due against it for three years.

The highest paid price for a property was sold for $29,000, she said. Subdivisions made up 143 of the 173 parcels offered, and the biggest percentage was close to Table Rock Lake.

In 2013, 146 parcels were offered, 50 parcels were sold and the sale totaled $59,425.46.

This year's sale had 50 registered bidders, an increase of four bidders over the previous year, Varner said. The county conducted the sale in 75 minutes.

The annual delinquent tax sale is held each fourth Monday in August throughout the state.

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