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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Potter County: Tax Claim Bureau Holds Annual ‘Upset Sale’

Potter County Tax Claim Bureau (TCB) held its annual “upset sale” on Monday, a last-resort auction to sell those properties on which taxes for 2013 or earlier have not been paid. Fifteen properties from across Potter County, most of them with marginal value at best, were put up for sale and just four of them were sold. Only one of the delinquent properties elicited competitive bidding before selling for $7,000. Next step in the lengthy process of restoring properties to the active tax rolls is a continuance sale that offers the remaining 15 properties. It’s scheduled for 10 am Monday, Sept. 19, at the Gunzburger Building. A list of the properties that are subject to continuance sale will be posted on the Potter County website, pottercountypa.net (click on Departments/Tax Claim). TCB officials caution that is no guarantee of clear title for any of the properties brought up for sale. Liens, judgments or attachments may apply. Here, volunteer auctioneer Todd Brown was joined by TCB staffers (from left) Karin Karr, Deanna Johnston and Linda Gambino in conducting Monday’s sale.

TCB has implemented a series of changes to make things easier for those who have fallen behind on their taxes, including a monthly installment option (owner-occupied properties only) and a credit card payment system. Those payments are accepted online only, through the Tax Claim Bureau website at pottercountypa.net. The credit card payment option is limited to overdue taxes (2014 and earlier). All of the changes have had positive results, according to TCB Director Deanna Johnston. “The number of delinquent properties has been tracking downward in recent years,” she said. “Selling someone’s property due to unpaid taxes is always a last resort and we work with anyone who has fallen behind to try to avoid that outcome.” Tax Claim Bureau office is located in Suite 111 of the Gunzburger Building, 1 North Main Street, Coudersport PA 16915; telephone (814) 274-0488, Option 1.