Lake County property tax sale

Bidders participate in a 2009 tax sale at the Lake County Government Center in Crown Point.

CROWN POINT — The Lake County Board of Commissioners has set a four-year high for the public sale of delinquent taxpayers' real estate.

Commissioners collected $3.2 million during a three-day tax sale they conducted this week, John Dull, the board's attorney, said.

Onyx Electronics, of Valparaiso, a county government vendor, auctioned off 1,466 ownership certificates to the highest bidders.

Commissioners' sales brought in $2.5 million last year, $1.4 million in 2016 and $1.7 million in 2015.

Commissioners are scheduled to hold another sale between May 22 and May 24.

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State law permits the county to sell properties whose owners have failed to pay their allotted property taxes for more than 18 months.

State officials say Lake County holds the largest tax sales in Indiana.

Delinquent properties are first offered for sale by the county treasurer annually in early September, at a minimum bid that must cover all back taxes and penalties.

Any property that doesn't sell in its first tax sale is shifted to a commissioners sale the following year and offered at reduced prices.

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Lake County Reporter

Bill has reported in Lake County since 1972 after graduating from Indiana University. He has worked for The Times since 1997, covering the courts and local government during much of his tenure. Born and raised in New Albany, Ind., he is a native Hoosier.