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May 6, 2013

Land sale Tuesday at courthouse

Roughly 100 pieces of property in Cullman County will be auctioned off during a sale at the Cullman County Courthouse Tuesday. The land sale will take place at 10 a.m. in the Cullman County Commission meeting room.

“Any property on which 2012 property taxes have not been paid will be sold in the sale,” Cullman County Revenue Commissioner Barry Willingham said.

Willingham said his office sends out a courtesy notice to property owners each October for notification that property taxes are due. After January 1, he said property then becomes delinquent, and payments are charged a delinquent tax fee of $5, plus a 12 percent annual interest. If still not paid in March, certified notifications and first class trailing letters are sent out. Then, three weeks of delinquent property newspaper advertisement is published prior to the sale.

“During the process, we turn things over to a mapper, and they review the deeds and whatnot to make sure there are no conflicts anywhere before the sale takes place,” Willingham said.

Once the bidding takes place today, Willingham said he then has five days to produce the listings, and then another five to get tax certificates done.

Willingham asks those who wish to participate in the bidding process to arrive between 9 and 9:30 a.m. so that a number can be issued. Payments must be paid by cash, check, money order, or a debit card.

Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225, or by email at agraves@cullmantimes.com

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