County Auditor Auctions 26 Tax-Distressed Properties

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio — In all, thirty-four properties in Muskingum Co. have gone up for auction by the Muskingum Co. Auditor, the county official who largely sets tax rates. Twenty-six were sold Wednesday

The county Treasurer, the official who collects tax revenues, says the properties are long-distressed by the time they are auctioned off.

“If they do not sell at the sheriff’s sale, these properties are then forfeited to the state of Ohio. Then we have an auditor’s sale to try to get these properties back into the tax base,” says Chris Hammill, County Treasurer.

Hammill says the delinquent taxes will be removed from the twenty-six properties which have been sold.

“The property, when w e first announce the parcel that we’re going to sell and the name of the owner, then we’ll tell them the address. Then it goes to how much is owed on the property and we start the bidding process of the forfeiture amount. If it does not sell for that much, we go ask for a bid in any amount,” she says.

Properties which didn’t sell this morning will go back on the auction block Oct. 16 and Nov 6.

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Zanesville knew Jarrod before Jarrod knew Zanesville. He was born here & grew up just outside New Lexington. Jarrod comes to WHIZ after serving as the Statehouse correspondent for 700 WLW in Cincinnati, where he reported on statewide politics from Broad & High for four years, including the 2016 election. Jarrod has reported from the floor of the Ohio House of Representatives & Ohio Senate during the administration of Gov. John Kasich, the inauguration of Gov. Mike DeWine, the Ohio Democratic & Republican Parties and numerous state agencies & associations. He's an active member of the Ohio Legislative Correspondents' Association & and Ohio Radio & Television Correspondents' Association. He can sometimes be found in the Statehouse Radio & TV Newsroom keeping up with politics & getting video to put on TV here in Zanesville. Jarrod has been in broadcast journalism for about twenty-five years, reporting for stations in Ohio and, during eight years in Texas, in Houston, Dallas & Austin where he won an Associated Press award for his work on the Bastrop Complex Wildfire while at KLBJ. He has a degree in Broadcast Engineering & Production from Hocking College, and in Applied Communication from Ohio University. Jarrod calls Perry County home, where he enjoys working with his dad's horse, fixing up the family farm & working with digital printing as a hobby. He returns to WHIZ as a TV, radio & web journalist having worked for George Hiotis & the Littick family in 2000 & 2001.