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.