homeowners have one last chance to pay their property taxes on Friday before
their homes become slated for the annual auction of properties with delinquent
tax. Homeowners must pay in person at the treasurer's office in the Madison
County Administration Building, 157 N. Main St., Edwardsville.
The treasurer collects the property
taxes of thousands of homeowners every year, with proceeds typically yielding
more than $385 million in revenue for the county. Homeowners who are
delinquent with their payments are sent certified letters well in advance of
their properties being sold. This year’s auction is scheduled
for next Tuesday.
“I think generally we have around 30 tax
buying groups at the sale, so usually, I would say, between 20 and 40 people,” deputy treasurer Patrick McRae said.
McRae said he was not certain how many properties will
be auctioned off this year.
“We don’t really know yet because
we’re still accepting payments, up until the 17th, so we won’t have a final
number until then,” he said. “I think normally we have somewhere between 2,500
and 3,000 parcels for sale.”
McRae said some homeowners attend
the sale where their house is up at auction.
“In years past, there have been times when a
homeowner might come,” he said. “There are different ways that different
counties handle their tax sales. Sometimes they are made to participate in the
tax auction, and they can pay their taxes back on the day of the sale. They can
do that as long as they have a zero percent bid. Generally, I don’t believe
they are allowing single parcel sales anymore.”