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TAX LIEN SALE INFORMATION

 

 

THE TAX SALE AUCTION

Tax liens are sold to purchasers for a fixed rate of interest established on September 1

(Interest rate for 2008 taxes sold in 2009 is  -  10 %)

The Treasurer has broad discretionary power in conducting the sale procedures.

Tax liens are sold in item number order to the highest bidder.

All bidders must have an assigned buyer number.
(register before the sale at the Treasurers office and fill out all the necessary forms)

Bidding is open to all registered buyers � no rotation process.

Subsequent bids must be in increments of a minimum of $5.00

Items not receiving any bids will be stricken off to Lake County .

Payments must be made the day of the sale in cash, certified funds or check.

Buyer information and purchases must be entered into our computer system before an amount due can be determined.
After the sale everyone wants to pay at once so there can be some delay in determining the amount due. Please be patient.

Do not purchase liens unless you know what you are getting. You might wind up with something that costs you more than it
will ever be worth. Examples include: small percentage mineral interests, unbuildable lots, improvements that are in poor condition, etc�

The Treasurers office in no way guarantees the condition or redemption of any item purchased. Please research each
property before you purchase any item.

 

ENDORSEMENT

The option extended to the previous years tax lien certificate holder to add the current years lien amount to your certificate
on the same property without paying a premium. Certificates are endorsed after July 1.

 

PREMIUM

This is the amount bid at the sale which is over and above the amount of the advertised  amount due. This amount is not
returned nor does this amount earn any interest.

 

REDEMPTION

The taxpayer becomes free of a tax lien by paying the delinquent taxes plus fees and interest, the tax lien certificate
buyer is paid the original amount of the lien (not including premium) plus accrued interest upon surrendering the tax lien certificate to the Treasurer.

   

TAX LIEN CERTIFICATE

The document certifying the buyer of a tax lien from the Lake County Treasurer.

 

SAFEKEEPING

Lake County Treasurer�s Office retains all tax lien certificates.

   

STRIKE TO THE COUNTY

Tax liens that do not receive any bids at the auction sale are bought by Lake County . These tax liens can be purchased from
the County after the sale has been considered final. There is no premium charged, however certificates bought by the County
accrue interest at the same rate as an individual buyer and must be purchased for the amount due at the time of purchase.

DO NOT BUY THESE LIENS UNLESS YOU KNOW ABSOLUTELY WHAT YOU ARE PURCHASING.

 

TAX DEEDS

A Treasurers deed can be issued on a tax sale certificate after a minimum of three years from the date of the original sale.

Deed application costs. - $350 Deposit (any unused amount will be refunded, if the costs run over the deposit, additional
money must be received prior to issuance of a tax deed).

Included in cost              Treasurers Fee

                                        �Owners & Encumbrance� Report

                                        (report to follow chain of title, usually $150)

                                        Cost of certified mailings to interested parties

                                        Advertising costs.

These fees apply to all liens � Mineral interests and land/improvement certificates.

A Treasurers deed is not a Warranty deed and could be contested. Purchasers receiving property by tax deed are encouraged to
file a �Quiet Title� procedure to secure a clean title.

 

QUIET TITLE SUIT

A procedure to establish the plaintiff�s title to land by bringing into court an adversary claimant and thereby compelling him/her to
either establish his/her claim or forever stop from asserting it.

   

If you have further questions, or require additional information please contact the Lake County Treasurers Office and we will
be happy to assist you.

Thank you for your participation in our annual tax lien sale.