With the city of Knox having expressed interest in purchasing five lots in the Parkview Heights area for an “urban renewal” effort, the Starke County Commissioners this week expressed their approval of the idea by passing a resolution affirming that the city be allowed to purchase the tax lien certificates. The city council has become interested in the properties after the five lots were not purchased in the previous tax sale, coming up again this year.
A minimum bid of $35 will be required, but city attorney David Matsey said the county can transfer the properties to the city for a negotiated price.
The council approved a motion to proceed with purchasing the properties. Two of them share a duplex, while another has a home and one of them is a completely empty lot.
County attorney Martin Lucas said he has reviewed the paperwork and found no problems but recommended a resolution be passed indicating their consent. Commissioner Kent Danford made the motion, seconded by Jennifer Davis, and it passed unanimously.