The Starke County Commissioners on Monday morning held a public hearing to discuss the disposal of properties owned by the commissioners that will soon be up for tax sale. Treasurer Kasey Clark approached the commissioners and explained that of the 50 properties up for tax sale, two of them have been removed; 48 will be sold at 90 percent of their assessed value.
The public hearing was closed after the audience raised no questions or comments. Clark said the properties will first go up for sale on April 8, and if they do not sell, another deed sale will take place on May 21 to sell the properties at a lower price.
Last year, 41 percent of the properties offered were sold; the 87 properties brought in $44,470 to the county. Clark said another $10,000 will be added to that number after she follows up with the prosecutor regarding a man who bought a property and then refused to pay, even refusing to pay the 25 percent penalty.
Clark said a regular tax sale will be held on September 5 at 10 a.m. for other items the county wishes to sell.