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Summit County May Tax sale includes condo

The list of properties keeps getting shorter and shorter. But it’s not about quantity, it’s about quality.

As of Friday, May 15, there were only three parcels listed for auction at Summit County’s May Tax Sale, which will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday May 21 in the council chambers of the County Courthouse in Coalville. But one of those properties is a condominium at PowderWood at Landmark.

"That’s unusual for us to have a condo on the list," said Kathryn Rockhill, Summit County deputy auditor. "I’m hoping they still come in and pay their taxes."

If the owner of the condo at 6851 North 2200 West #10-F doesn’t pay $2,761.31, then that parcel becomes the property of Summit County and any liens or interest is wiped clean.

Each year, any properties that have been delinquent on property taxes at some during the last five years as of March 15 are included in the auction. Property owners can and are encouraged to pay the delinquent amounts up until 10 a.m. the morning of the sale, as long as they have cash or certified funds.

However, after 10 a.m. that property is deeded over to Summit County and available for purchase by any resident starting at the amount of the taxes that are due. The final purchases must be paid in full by 5 p.m. the day of the auction. Once the property is purchased, it then goes to the County Council to be ratified before a deed can be issued.

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The price paid by the buyer is then redistributed between the county and the state. The county keeps the taxes that are owed and the rest is given to Utah Unclaimed Property.

While the sale is handled by the county auditor, Michael Howard, it is a cooperative effort between his office and the treasurer’s office.

"We work on collecting those taxes all the way up until March 15 and then we transfer a list to the auditor’s office to begin the process of preparing those properties for the tax sale," said Corrie Forsling, Summit County treasurer. "Every week that list can change depending on who has paid off their taxes."

In previous years, nearly twice as many properties have been on the list for auction, Forsling said, adding a few years ago there were "a larger number of parcels that were in jeopardy." In 2014, there were 10 properties on the list.

Taxes can go unpaid for a variety of reasons, Rockhill said, adding that she believes some people own so many properties that they lose track of them. In the case of the condominium, she said multiple attempts have been made to contact the owner.

"I don’t know what happened," she said. "The owner lives in California and I sent certified mail to her. I don’t know what her story is."

Rockhill suggested anyone interested in participating in the live auction should do their research.

"Anyone that is going to bid on these properties: know what you are buying," she said. "Last year had a young couple come in, didn’t do any research and didn’t have a clue. They bought a little strip of property down the side of a hotel building."

She also encouraged participants to show up a little early to fill out registration forms and get a number.

"Its pretty simple, but it will go pretty fast," Rockhill said.