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REAL ESTATE: Delinquent taxes mean numerous sales for county

October 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Once a year, real estate sales become the focus of the Whitley County Treasurer’s office.

Annual tax sales take place in the fall, and this year, county officials moved 29 properties in its sale Oct. 15.

“It was a big day for the county,” said Treasurer Laurell Hodges. “There’s a lot that goes into the tax sale day, but I have an excellent support staff that makes things go a lot smoother.”

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 didn’t sell.

“Laurell did a great job keeping it all together,” said Linda Gottschalk, chief deputy for the treasurer. “She was really on top of things and had it all organized. She did great.”

At a recent Whitley County Commissioners meeting, Hodges gave a report on the final numbers from the sale. County leaders applauded her efforts.

“Thanks for all your hard work on this,” said County Commissioner George Schrumpf. “I know it’s a big day for the treasurer’s office. It looks as if there were some good results from your time.”

Parcels are put up for tax sale when property taxes fall behind by three installments.

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