Deadline draws near for tax upset

Upset tax sale might not be until September but the deadline is approaching to avoid being on the sale’s initial list.

That deadline – to avoid publication in a notice in the Times Observer of all the properties with delinquent taxes – is set for Friday, June 28th at 4:30 p.m.

“I pull the file on the first of July,” Tax Claim Director Phil Gilbert said. “The ad may not get printed till July 5th, or that weekend, and they might pay on the 2nd. Their name will still get printed.”

What does it take to get out of the sale entirely?

“The 2017 taxes get them to the sale in September,” Gilbert said. “If they have prior taxes for some reason – violated an agreement, came out of bankruptcy, etc – they would need to pay those as well. So 2017 and all prior would need paid in full.”

The sale is set for Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. and the final deadline to avoid the sale is September 20 at 4 p.m.

“We will stop taking personal checks a few weeks prior to that, September 6,” Gilbert said.

It’s also possible to avoid the sale by entering into an agreement with the county.

“If they haven’t violated what’s called a “Stay of Sale” agreement in the past, they can enter into one,” Gilbert said. “In order to do an agreement, we require 25% of the taxes owed – then after that – there would be three more payments, every three months, they would make that same payment amount. They would need to sign paperwork to enter into the agreement.”

Online payments can be entered at www.warrencountypa.net/tax-claim or done in person at the Tax Claim office at the Warren County Courthouse.