The Norman Transcript

Government

June 11, 2013

Aggressive tax collections gain schools money

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NORMAN —

In January, 314 delinquent accounts were subject to the resale. Many properties advertised with excessively delinquent taxes were paid off leading up to the June resale Monday morning.

“We had 61 properties this year, which is a comparable number to last year,” Reynolds said. “Of those 61, 46 of them were sold to individuals, and 25 will be deeded to the county.”

While the final tally isn’t in yet, numbers will be sizable. One account collected this year was more than $312,000 and another was $80,000, said Vickie Sanders, second deputy with the treasurer’s office.

“With them paying all four years, the schools have got to be excited. They should be getting good money when they do these apportionments,” Sanders said.

People looking for a bargain found plenty at Monday’s resale. A property listed for $1,669 in back taxes was purchased by a bidder for $32,000, Reynolds said. The county does not earn a profit on the properties sold at resale. Any balance beyond taxes due is turned over to the owner of record, Reynolds said.

If those property owners don’t pick up that money within a year, it does revert to the county, but Reynolds said usually property owners pick up their money.

“The sale is officially open until Wednesday night, and people can buy properties for the minimum opening bid on a first-come first-serve basis,” Reynolds said.

After Wednesday night, the properties officially revert to the county. People can still buy the land after that but have to go through a lengthy two-month process. Some of the properties left are acreages, Reynolds said, and can be developed. For more information, call 366-0217 and ask for the resale department.

In other county business, District 2 County Commissioner Darry Stacy said a contractor is picking up construction debris, and the county is picking up vegetative debris throughout the county. County crews are trying to catch up on road projects that started before severe storms tore through the area.

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