GOSHEN — The city of Elkhart is eyeing real estate that has repeatedly been part of Elkhart County’s annual property tax sale but has never been successfully sold.
The Elkhart County Board of Commissioners agreed Monday, Feb. 17, to transfer certificates of sale for 77 properties that were part of the 2013 tax sale to the city. The yearly sale helps the county recoup delinquent taxes and penalties owed on properties by putting the land up for auction.
A packed room of bidders bought certificates for 234 pieces of land for $4.7 million at Elkhart County’s 2013 property tax sale. The county collected another $1.8 million before the Oct. 2 sale from landowners who came forward with tax payments and removed their properties from the county sale.
Terry Rodino, county commissioners president, said the city typically requests properties on the county’s tax sale list to rehabilitate or demolish. City officials update the county every other year on the status of the properties, Rodino added.
The city council approved a resolution earlier this month to accept the certificates of sale. The city will be responsible for securing title deeds for each property. If the deeds are not obtained or a landowner pays their back taxes, the city will be required to return the certificates of sale to the county.
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