2016-07-02 / Front Page

Properties headed for tax sale

Nine more properties that have ended up in the Cameron County Tax Claim Bureau repository are headed to the auction block during a judicial sale scheduled for 10 am Friday, July 8, at the courthouse.

Their owners repeatedly refused to pay their taxes and ignored warnings that they would lose their holdings.

Six of the delinquent properties are mobile homes with no accompanying land rights.

These properties, listed with their owner of record, are headed for the auction:

• Vacant lot in Emporium, Delmas Jr. and Kimberly Ramsey.

• Two vacant lots/former service station in Gibson Township, John Sr. and Janice Carey.

• Vacant lot in Shippen Township, Albert and Minni Lapolt.

• Mobile home (no land), Russell Lane in Shippen Township, Harry Erskine.

• Five mobile homes (no land), Songer Lane in Portage Township, Candace Studer.

Generally speaking, properties that have not sold during the traditional Tax Claim Bureau upset sale an be offered for bids in a judicial sale. Winning bidders don’t have to worry about unpaid mortgages, liens or judgments coming back to haunt them. They’ll own the properties free and clear.

Property owners have up until the day of the sale to make good on their delinquent tax bills although, by that time, few if any will redeem their holdings.

Payment at Friday’s sale may be made in cash, by money order or certified check.

Revenue from the sale will be split between the school district, township or borough, and the county. Additionally, properties purchased at the sale will end up on the active tax rolls so they are generating revenue for all three taxing bodies.

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