The sale of Ashley County’s tax delinquent properties netted approximately $17,000 in proceeds for the county and state governments.

The Commissioner of State Land’s Office said the tax sale auction for Ashley County had 13 bidders purchasing 17 parcels. A total of 53 parcels were available.

“Most property certified to our office does not go to auction,” Commissioner Tommy Land said in a news release. “The vast majority of owners redeem their property by paying the delinquent taxes. Of course we always prefer that property be redeemed, but it is vital that the parcels return to the county’s active tax rolls.”

Once collected at the sale or through property owner redemption, the COSL sends the tax funds and interest to the appropriate agencies. In Ashley County’s case, the total collected and dispersed to different tax levying bodies was $17,573.15.

“Last year, this office sent more than $16 million to school districts and county governments,” Land said. “Of that, $119,162.88 went to Ashley County, helping fund everything from roads to schools.”

Property that was not purchased at auction can be viewed at cosl.org. It will be available for 30 days.

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