The recent auction of tax-delinquent properties in Clay, Green, Lawrence and Randolph Counties raised over $281 thousand; the Commissioner of State Lands announced.
The regional auction drew 78 registered bidders, who purchased 72 of 86 parcels for $281,154.57. Results were as follows:
Clay County: 28 parcels offered; 24 parcels sold; $38,526.60total; $10,671.26 taxes collected
Greene County: 26 parcels offered; 23 parcels sold; $87,845.73total; $16,049.27 taxes collected
Lawrence County: 23 parcels offered; 17 parcels sold; $128,386.51 total; $15,425.97 taxes collected
Randolph County: 9 parcels offered; 8 parcels sold; $26,395.73total; $3,615.11 taxes collected
The Land Commissioner’s office is holding regional auctions to offer real estate parcels delinquent since 2018.
“Just a small portion of property certified to our office goes to auction,” Commissioner Tommy Land said. “The vast majority of owners redeem their property by paying the delinquent taxes. Of course, we always prefer that property be redeemed if the owners want to keep it, but it is vital that the parcels return to the county’s active tax rolls.”
The COSL office forwards taxes and interest to the county, whether that money is collected through redemption or sale.
“Last year, this office sent more than $23 million to school districts and county governments,” Land said. “Of that, $258,246.91 went to these four counties, helping fund everything from roads to schools.”
Those turnback amounts were:
Clay County: $72,647.09.
Greene County: $149,339.82.
Lawrence County: $21,927.72.
Randolph County: $14,332.28.
Auction sales are final.
Unsold parcels may be redeemed online at www.cosl.org, using a credit or debit card, or owners can call 501-324-9422 to request a Petition to Redeem. Redemption does not grant ownership; it simply makes the taxes current.
Parcels that did not sell at the public auction will be available after 30 days and can be purchased through an online auction by viewing the Post-Auction Sales List at www.cosl.org.