For the first time in more than a decade, the Grant County District Attorney’s Office is assisting the Tax Assessor’s Office in collecting owed property taxes throughout the county.
There are about 48 accounts on the 2015 tax foreclosure list. The delinquent taxes for those accounts are about $400,000.
The names of the people on the foreclosure list will be published in the Oct. 21 edition of the Blue Mountain Eagle. Once the names are published, District Attorney Jim Carpenter will decide if he will file judgements against the people, resulting in foreclosure.
After a judgement is filed in Grant County Circuit Court, the homeowner has two years to redeem the property before it is foreclosed on.
County assessor Lane Burton said there has not been a district attorney willing to help the assessor’s office in a while.
Since Carpenter was elected last year, he indicated he would be willing to help.
“I’m not an attorney. I can’t go before the judge,” Burton said. “We have to have the district attorney as our legal counsel for the foreclosure process.”
Carpenter said he has previously practiced civil law and is comfortable reviewing the cases.
Previous district attorneys may not have had the civil law experience, he said.
Multiple notices have been sent to those who owe property taxes, according to the assessor’s office. When names publicly appear next week in the newspaper, Burton said, it should not come as a surprise. If people do not pay before Oct. 21, a 5 percent extra tax will be added to the owed amount.
“We have been warning folks for a long time,” Burton said.