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County deadline to avoid upset tax sale list is approaching

Warren County’s upset tax sale isn’t until September.

But June 30 is the deadline to pay delinquent 2018 taxes to avoid a property being included on a preliminary list for sale.

That list will be published in the Times Observer in the coming weeks.

Tax Claim Director Phil Gilbert said that the list is pulled on July 1 and “printed shortly after.”

To avoid the list and the sale this fall, property owners have some options.

The simplest option is to pay 2018 taxes in full.

The county also offers what’s called a “Stay of Sale” agreement — where a property owner pays 25 percent of 2018 taxes owed up front and then would make three additional payments — one every three months. Each of those payments would be the same amount.

Gilbert said this is an option for those who haven’t violated an agreement in the past.

He explained the sale date is set for Sept. 28 and the last day to pay to avoid going to the sale is September 25.

He explained, though, that the last day the Bureau will accept checks is two weeks prior, or Sept. 11.

“They would need to pay 2018 and prior taxes in order to get out of a sale,” he said. “If they have prior 2018, odds are they had a contract, but violated it.”

Online payments can be made at the county’s website — warrencopa.com — or processed in person at the Tax Claim office on the first floor at the Warren County Courthouse.

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