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Jasper County Delinquent Tax Sale set for Aug. 26th

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The annual tax certificate sale is set to begin in Jasper County on Monday, August 26th. It's when the public can place bids on properties that have been behind on tax payments. But while some think buying a property is a good idea and a good bargain...you may want to do additional research before placing your bid.

"Buyers can come in, bid on the property, and they get a collectors deed after one year." says Jasper County Collector, Stephen Holt.

Seems simple enough? bid on a home, and its yours...but lawyers say, not so fast.

"Just because you buy it...doesn't necessarily solve all the problems. There's often times difficulties in getting clear title by purchasing property on the courthouse steps." says Carthage Attorney, Kevin Checkett of Checkett & Platt.

Before you sign this paper saying you've placed a bid on a delinquent tax property...there are some things you should know.

The sale of the homes include properties from 2009, 2010 and 2011 that have missed a year or more of tax payments, and have not been repaid by the original owners...giving bidders a fair shot to purchase the land.

"You're buying it for the tax amount. So you're basically paying the taxes for the property. It's not yours until after one year. At the end of the year you have to do a title search, contact the people showing up on the title search and give them a last notification in order that they could reclaim the property. If they don't, then it becomes your property." Holt says.

This years tax sale includes over 300 properties since before 2011, which is substantially less than in previous years, considering the Joplin tornado destroyed hundreds of homes, causing a large amount of delinquent taxes on property.

"We had almost 100 less than we had last year, and so the tornado would not have any effect. Because if it had an effect, our numbers would be way higher." Holt says.

Checkett wants to assure those, "if you buy, and you do everything you need to, to get clear title, you will either own the property, or if the property owner is able to come back and redeem, they have to pay you back what you bid and plus pay you interest at a rate set by statue."

The auction will take place August 26th at 10 am at the Jasper County Courthouse. The Jasper County collectors office will continue to operate on its normal business hours on Monday during the auction, but the Joplin office will be closed.

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