(Photo by Scott Welton, Staff)
BENTON -- Some property owners most at risk of losing their properties in the annual county tax sale may soon have have an unmistakable sign: an orange 8.5 by 11 inch notice attached to the property.
The annual county tax sale will be Aug. 22 this year.
"It is always the fourth Monday in August," said Mark Hensley, Scott County collector of revenue. "I don't want to sell anyone's house, I want to collect taxes. My primary job is to collect taxes, not to sell property but Missouri state statutes require me to offer these for sale if people do not pay their taxes."
Posting notices on some of properties is something Hensley is trying for the first time this year.
"The reason for posting third and subsequent offerings is because the redemption period on those properties is much shorter," he said. "The third offering is 90-day redemption and subsequent offerings there is no redemption period, so if it sells, it's sold. The redemption period for first and second offerings is longer: both of those have a one-year redemption period."
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