Tuesday tax sale lists more than 100 properties

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As part of a larger effort to crack down on delinquent taxpayers and help fill the city's coffers in a tight budget year, the Richmond County Tax Commissioner's Office will put more than 100 properties up for sale Tuesday in a second-floor courtroom of the Municipal Building.

"Frankly, we never take this many," Tax Commissioner Steven Kendrick said.

Many of the properties are distressed, he said, but they'll be available for rock-bottom prices. Some of the owners owe as little as $250 in back taxes.

"These properties, in past years, they would not have gone to sale," he said.

Mr. Kendrick said he's hoping several hundred bidders will turn out for the sale, as opposed to the 50 or so who usually show up at tax sales.

In the past, the Tax Commissioner's Office focused on properties whose owners owed thousands of dollars, but now Mr. Kendrick and his staff are going after people who might owe hundreds of dollars on several properties, perhaps over a number of years, making for high lump sums.

The city's 2010 budget includes an expected revenue increase of $200,000 from Mr. Kendrick's new program, which he says is a conservative number.

Owners of the properties for sale Tuesday are behind on taxes from 2008 and earlier -- not on the bills that went out last year.

A list of the parcels can be obtained at the Tax Commissioner's Office in Room 117 of the Municipal Building, or on the office's Web site at www.arctax.com.

Bidding starts at the amount of taxes owed, plus costs due.

Purchasers will receive sheriff's tax deeds, but they have to wait a year and 45 days before taking physical possession of the properties.

Former owners have a year to reclaim their parcels by compensating purchasers what they paid at auction, plus 20 percent.

If that's not done, new purchasers must legally close rights to redeem after a year; otherwise, old owners have four years to retake their land, Mr. Kendrick said.

The sale starts at noon in Courtroom 2 of the Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

For more information, call the Tax Commissioner's Office at (706) 821-2391.

Reach Johnny Edwards at (706) 823-3225 or johnny.edwards@augustachronicle.com

TAX SALE

WHAT: Sale of more than 100 properties whose owners are behind on taxes

WHEN: Noon Tuesday

WHERE: Courtroom 2 of the Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

INFO: (706) 821-2391

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Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 01/04/10 - 03:30 am
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Looks like Steve Kendricks is

Looks like Steve Kendricks is getting ready to make a name for himself so he can run for a higher office. Maybe Mayor again?

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 01/04/10 - 03:33 am
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By the way, Steve is doing

By the way, Steve is doing the right thing. The last post was just a jab at him becauuse I know he doesn't want to REALLY be Tax Commissioner. All kidding and nagative prodding aside, Good work Steve, clean up those areas.

Does_it_really_matter
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Does_it_really_matter 01/04/10 - 07:03 am
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did anyone look at the

did anyone look at the website? It is horribly out of date and I couldn't find a list of the properties that were supposed to be listed

bettyboop
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bettyboop 01/04/10 - 07:05 am
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Buy them up and burn them

Buy them up and burn them down.....start over with a clean slate.

Edward1968
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Edward1968 01/04/10 - 08:33 am
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Does it really matter, Go to

Does it really matter,
Go to this link for the list:

http://appweb.augustaga.gov/taxlevy/taxlevysale.asp

deekster
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deekster 01/04/10 - 09:16 am
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I know I have missed

I know I have missed somethings in my 64 years as a resident of Disgusta. But did we not learn in public RC schools that there were different types of "city government"? A Mayoral System or a City Administrator System or a City Council System? And there may have been others? Why do we have three overlapping systems? Stupid question, stupid town/county/city/bi-state area or whatever. Please refresh my Civics 101 !!!

deekster
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deekster 01/04/10 - 09:17 am
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Are Betty Beard's properties

Are Betty Beard's properties listed?

blondietoo007
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blondietoo007 01/04/10 - 10:22 am
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LMAO from Deeskter's post!

LMAO from Deeskter's post!

jack
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jack 01/04/10 - 10:31 am
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Deekster, I'd like to know if

Deekster, I'd like to know if Beard owes any taxes and are unpaid on her properties. Steve is doing what should be done EVERY year on ALL delinquent property taxes.

disssman
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disssman 01/04/10 - 01:00 pm
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Sometimes when you make an

Sometimes when you make an example of one, the rest will follow. But first you have to prove what your intentions are. I agree with Jack and if our policy was flat and firm everyone would get in step with payments.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/04/10 - 07:57 pm
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This was LONG overdue. I saw

This was LONG overdue. I saw a sheriff's tax deed from 1867 in Virginia, 140 acres of property was sold for auction because the owner was delinquent $.73. That's right, seventy three cents.

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