COLUMBUS, Kan. —
What may be the first of three sales of Cherokee County properties on which the property taxes are delinquent is scheduled for next month.
The sale is set for 10 a.m. Friday, May 27, in the district courtroom at the Cherokee County Courthouse. County Treasurer Juanita Hodgson said as of Wednesday, 91 tracts remained on the list for the sale, down from 245 originally. She said when notified of the sale, the owners of 154 tracts paid their property taxes, interest and penalties.
Hodgson said property taxes, interest and penalties on the remaining 91 properties totals $310,528 owed to the county. The buyer must pay what is owed at the sale.
County Counselor Kevin Cure said the properties are those on which the property taxes are delinquent for at least three years. It is the first county tax sale since 2002.
Cure said it has taken a lot of time and effort to track down owners and titles.
“The tax sale does at least establish a clean title from this point forward,” Cure said.