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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Once a year, real estate sales become the focus of the Whitley County Treasurerâ€™s office.
Annual tax sales take place in the fall, and this year, county officials moved 29 properties in its sale Oct. 15.
â€śIt was a big day for the county,â€ť said Treasurer Laurell Hodges. â€śThereâ€™s a lot that goes into the tax sale day, but I have an excellent support staff that makes things go a lot smoother.â€ť
In 2012, the tax sale produced 14 transactions, which means Hodges juggled twice as many sales for the county not including the other 14 properties that didnâ€™t sell.
â€śLaurell did a great job keeping it all together,â€ť said Linda Gottschalk, chief deputy for the treasurer. â€śShe was really on top of things and had it all organized. She did great.â€ť
At a recent Whitley County Commissioners meeting, Hodges gave a report on the final numbers from the sale. County leaders applauded her efforts.
â€śThanks for all your hard work on this,â€ť said County Commissioner George Schrumpf. â€śI know itâ€™s a big day for the treasurerâ€™s office. It looks as if there were some good results from your time.â€ť
Parcels are put up for tax sale when property taxes fall behind by three installments.
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