tax sale

If you are past due on paying the taxes on your property, you should settle up.

The county will resume holding delinquent tax sales this year. The sales were suspended last year due to COVID-19.  This year’s sale is set for Tuesday, March 2.

The sales are in keeping with efforts by Tax Commissioner Terresa Davis to collect back taxes.

“I am keeping my commitment to taxpayers to hold tax sales regularly,” says Davis. “Collection of past due taxes are part of my duties and it is what the citizens elected me to do.”

A total of 97 parcels of local property representing some $167,118.27 in delinquent taxes will be sold here on the Courthouse steps next month. The past

due amounts range from a low of $346.27 to a high of $6,646.52.

The past due taxes date back as far as 2014.

Public notices describing each property being planned for auction are included in this week’s public notices and will continue running throughout February.

The tax sale is the culmination of a three month process for the property parcels.

Once the tax commissioner’s office sends a delinquent/fi fa notice and the accompanying 30 day grace period expires, a fi fa is filed with the Clerk of Court. The tax commissioner then adds the fi fa cost to the tax bill.

In 2004, Pierce County contracted with Government Tax Solutions (GTS) of Carrollton to help collect the county’s back taxes. GTS has already sent warning letters, certified letters (to taxpayers and lienholders) and 10 day notices and  has followed up with legal research. The parcels are now being advertised for sale.  

GTS’s services come at no cost to county taxpayers at large. The company assesses its fee on the bill of the delinquent accounts. GTS collects a $51 service fee on the courtesy notice and receives $134 on the second notice to cover the title research. Public notice costs are added to the bill prior to advertising.