Originally Published: January 23, 2018 6:03 a.m.
The Yavapai County Treasurer’s Office is gearing up for its annual tax lien sale, set to take place Tuesday, Feb. 13.
Included in Jan. 23's Daily Courier — on pages 1C-11C — are the legal notices of delinquent taxes on real property in the county.
This year, there are 2,279 properties listed — 467 less than last year, when the total number was 2,746, according to the Yavapai County Treasurer’s Office.
Any real property delinquent on 2016 taxes, or earlier, can result in a lien being placed on a property. Overdue, property taxes accrue 1.33 percent interest each month (16 percent per year) until paid, Treasurer’s Office employees said. Parcels are delinquent in tax payments for 9 to 18 months before the county places the property in the tax sale.
“Tax lien sales are a lien that’s sold, not the property, itself, but a lien on the property for delinquent taxes,” Treasurer Ross Jacobs said. “This year we are selling the 2016 taxes.”
Lien sales allow the county to collect the unpaid tax money quickly, which, in turn, helps the county pay for schools, public safety, libraries and other city and county services, Jacobs said.
The Feb. 13 tax sale is an online auction at www.yavapai.arizonataxsale.com.
Paula Casey, executive director for the Arizona Newspapers Association, said it is important that the annual delinquent tax notices are in the newspaper.
“(It) gives property owners whose taxes are delinquent notice that their lien will be sold at auction,” she said. “This notice also gives investors who may be interested in purchasing these liens notice of the sale information.”