Martha Lake

Once again Howard County is set to embark on a commissioners’ sale, offloading properties with outstanding tax bills. The sale could offer abundant opportunities for potential buyers, who stand to pick up property at bargain-rate prices.

Set for Jan. 16, the impending Howard County Commissioners’ sale serves as a sort of clearing grounds for properties left over after the year’s normal county tax sale. The commissioners’ sale, which occurs every two years, offers buyers the low starting bid of $50 on properties that carry at least 18 months of delinquent taxes.

The goal on the county’s part is to return properties to the tax roll, whereas property owners not footing the bill on taxes hurt local government’s bottom line.

“Obviously, anytime properties don’t have their property taxes paid, budgets come up short,” said Howard County Treasurer Wes Reed. “So, anytime we can get properties back on the tax roll it’s a benefit not just to the county, but all the other taxing units.”

The recent tax sale that preceded the commissioners’ sale helped do just that.

According to figures provided by the auditor’s office, 674 properties were considered for the sale due to delinquent property taxes. Prior to the sale, owners paid off back taxes on 318 plots, helping to avoid their auction. That left 320 up for bid during the sale, and 104 successfully were auctioned off.

The profits from the sale, after deductions for costs involved with the project, amounted to $228,128.70 in back taxes and penalties being recouped by the county. But what remains are 212 properties that will go up for auction come January.

Interested buyers and landowners facing the loss of a property should note the commissioners’ sale differs from the normal tax sale.

Most notably, the process required for obtaining a property is much faster with a commissioners’ sale.

After a bidder wins a property during the commissioners’ sale, the redemption process begins. Those looking to acquire a property have three months to correctly notify a property owner and conduct a title search. Then a judge can be petitioned for a tax deed. After that begins, it’s estimated the entire process will take perhaps an extra month or two to work its way through the courts. So, those buying property at a commissioners’ sale may wait six months before claiming a property, whereas with a normal tax sale the process can take closer to a year.

And, noted Howard County Auditor Martha Lake, the auditor’s office can help buyers eliminate any liens on the property as well. To do so, buyers must ask the auditor’s office for verbiage to be included in the petition to the courts.

“This takes off all taxes and liens, period,” said Lake.

At the end of that period, property owners may claim the property deed.

Tax sale deputy Peggy Mallaber said the sale is a win-win for potential buyers, the county, and those living near the properties going up for sale. Many, she said, have sat empty for at least 18 months. In that time, properties can decay, and picking them up during the upcoming sale can allow flippers and the like to turn a property around before it becomes too far gone.

“This is a way to keep it from becoming a rundown nuisance,” said Mallaber. “After a couple years and we put it on the sale for $50, somebody comes and guts it. They are going to be more apt to spend $50 and put $10,000 in it, clean it up, and flip it.”

Lake also cautioned buyers to be aware of additional costs associated with picking up a property during the sale, but her office can cover such costs to a certain extent. There is a cost for notification, which the auditor’s office will cover up to $750, and a title search will be covered up to $500.

For those looking to avoid losing a property, payment must be made on delinquent taxes at the Howard County Auditor’s Office no later than Jan. 15, the day prior to the sale. The sale itself will begin Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. in Commissioners Room 338 At 220 N. Main St.

Properties on the sale: 

KENWOOD GARDENS LOT 59        Pyke, George Lee

KENWOOD GARDENS LOT 58        Pyke, George

KENWOOD GARDENS LOTS 75 & 76             Hall, Rebecca L

BELLAIRE GARDENS LOT 93           Brown, Jeff & Dickens, Jim JT W/R/S

REPLAT OF LOT 37 & PT LOT 38 SEC 2 KENNEDY PARK S/D LOT 37A     Wiman, Ashley J

PT SW4 W OF RR 24-24-3  0.75 AC Tri County Petroleum Corp Of Montgomery Co In State Of

CHARLES M STEELE’S S/D LOT 26 Jeffries, Sheryl & Hamilton, Raymond & Karen & Steven

CHARLES M STEELE’S S/D LOT 170               Vineyard Investments LLC

CHARLES M STEELE’S S/D LOT 167               Dewitt, Mark A & Kathy S

CHARLES M STEELE’S S/D LOT 166               Dewitt, Mark A & Kathy S

HOMELAWN ADDN LOT 58              Irick, Jerry & Fe

HOMELAWN ADDN LOT 63              Hightower, Carl R

HOMELAWN ADDN LOTS 56 & 57   Irick, Jerry & Fe B

SPRAKER’S 2ND ADDN LOT 15       McKibben, Chad A

WESTERN HEIGHTS LOT 77 & 1/2 BUTLER ST VAC    Guy, Ronald W Jr

WESTERN HEIGHTS LOT 8             Unique Real Estate Solution LLC

KIRKPATRICK & SCOTT’S 2ND ADDN LOTS 135 & 136 41 X 62’ N ED BOTH LOTS   Investor’s One Corporation

KIRKPATRICK & SCOTT’S 2ND ADDN LOT 92               Mann, Kenneth

KIRKPATRICK & SCOTT’S 2ND ADDN LOT 105 A REPLAT OF LOT 73 IN KIRKPATRICK & SCOTT’S 1ST ADDN EXC 5.5’ ENT S END                Coast Angels Fund IV LLC

WELSH S/D 126 K & S LOT 1            Goble, Lisa

KIRKPATRICK & SCOTT’S 2ND ADDN LOT 125 66 X 132 FT CENTER PT  McLay, Grace

KIRKPATRICK & SCOTT’S 2ND ADDN LOT 125 41 X 132 FT        Pollett, Richard A

PARK VIEW ADDN LOT 68               Wallace, David

RODKEY & LEHMAN’S 1ST ADDN E2 LOT 7   Mundy Realty Inc

PARK VIEW ADDN LOTS 171 THRU 173         Pinedo Family LP

PARK VIEW ADDN LOT 87               Thieke, Jeffrey D & Lisa J

R G SMITH’S 5TH ADDN LOTS 143 144 145 EXC TRI PC SE COR LOT 143 & S PT ALONG ROW OF LOTS          Toledo St Louis & Western Railroad

R G SMITH’S 2ND ADDN LOT 14 32 1/2’ OFF E END     O’Hearn, Warren E

R G SMITH’S 2ND ADDN LOT 15 32 1/2’ X 22’ E END N SD           O’Hearn, Warren E

R G SMITH’S 1ST ADDN LOT 8 57’ W END     508 Madison Land Trust

R G SMITH’S 1ST ADDN LOTS 9 & 10             Spence, Steven R & Debra L

R G SMITH’S 1ST ADDN LOT 13 62 3/4’X88’ E SD          Albright LLC

JAMES E SMITH’S ADDN  LOT 2      Chappelle, Howard

SHARP & ALBRIGHT LOTS 45 & 46 & 11’ VAC ALLEY INBETWEEN LOTS  Gonzales, Jesse G Jr

SHARP & ALBRIGHT LOT 32 49’ ENT S SD    Keith, Richard W

PETER HEGNER ADDN LOTS 11 & 12 55’ CENT PT      Gonzales, Jesse

J B MICHENER’S 1ST ADDN 50’ W PT LOT 1 Jewell, Keith

PETER HEGNER ADDN LOT 3 & 10’ MARKET ST VAC ADJ          Green, Elyakom

J B MICHENER’S 2ND ADDN LOT 9 Mabry, Reva J & Simms, Randolph

J B MICHENER’S 2ND ADDN LOT 8 Mabry, Reva J & Simms, Randolph

PT LOT 4 & 5 SE4 25-24-3 31’X105’  0.10 AC   Woodard, Wallace  Sr & Princella

JAMES F MILNERS S/D OF CRIPE LOT 3       Pinedo Family LP

J B MICHENER’S 2ND ADDN LOT 14              Pinedo Family LP

J B MICHENER’S 2ND ADDN LOT 15              Pinedo Family LP

J B MICHENER’S 2ND ADDN LOT 16              Richardson, Ruthie

J B MICHENER’S 2ND ADDN LOT 17              Straitgate Total Needs Ministries Inc

JAMES F MILNER’S S/D OF CRIPE’S ADDN LOTS 1 & 2               Pinedo Family LP

BARD’S ADDN LOT 34      Affiliated Collections Associates Inc

FINCH’S ADDN LOT 8       Hai Minh Ventures LLC

BARD’S ADDN PT S SD LOTS 15 & 16             Smith, James P Jr

BARD’S ADDN 5’ S SD LOT 16 & ALL LOT 17 Smith, James P Jr

FINCH’S ADDN LOT 2 45’X125.64’   Beard, Robert L

OUT LOT 24 66 X 82 1/2 FT              Hodson, Melody R

WELSH  & RISINGER’S  ADDN PT LOT 15 & PT OUT LOT 155 40’ W END Schofield, Clifford

OUT LOT 135 45.84 X 60  D J Contracting LLC

OUT LOTS 133-135 22 X 60 FT LOT 133 76.42 X 60 FT LOT 134 28.58 X 60’              D J Contracting LLC

OUT LOTS 133-135 38 X 174.84’      D J Contracting LLC

A A KENNEDY 2ND 8’ VAC ALLEY W2 BETWEEN LOTS 14 & 15  Tri-State Council of Ind, Ohio & Kentucky Inc

A A KENNEDY’S 2ND ADDN LOT 21 EXC 25’ S ED         Cameron, Evelyn F

SHARP ALBRIGHT & MEARS LT 61 EX 100’ OFF ENT W END     Parker, Ervin J

FOREST PARK ESTATES SEC 8 LOT 240      Holaday, Matthew C

JEFFERSON WEST S/D SEC II TRACT A1     Westside Storage of Kokomo LLC

JEFFERSON WEST S/D SEC II N PT LOT 6   Harrold, Thomas L & Ferguson, James F

SUNSET ADDN LOT 62 2’ STRIP W SD OF 12’ E SD     Augustine, Jeffery R

ROSENTHAL’S ADDN LOT 38 PT S OF RR    Turner, William H & Cook Leslie & Josephine

ROSENTHAL’S ADDN LOT 37 PT S OF RR    Turner, William H  & Cook, Leslie & Josephine

G W HOCKERS 1ST ADDN LOT 89 50’ E SD EX 33’ N END & 20’ S SD FOR STREET VAC       Shallenberger, Steven Joseph

LEVIN BIRTS (EASTERN) ADDN LOT 4 1.21’X45.31’ SW COR & LOT 5 45.31’ W END               Blue Sky Equity LLC

A F ARMSTRONG’S SUNNYSIDE ADDN LOT 130          Perry, Joseph

A F ARMSTRONGS 1ST ADDN LOT 31 N 2 STR 3’ WD BET 31 AFA & 102 102 EMB  Murray, George & Edith

ELLIOTT KIRKPATRICK & BLACKLIDGE LOT 28            Gerlach, Lance S & Charity J

HOWE’S S/D OF ARMSTRONG SUNNYSIDE  LOT 74   Mossholder, Buddy Jr & Trinidie

LONGVIEW ADDN LOT 22               Hall, Jason L & Jill E

ELLIOTT KIRKPATRICK & BLACKLIDGE LOT 4 15’ N SD              Orr, William

H H STEWART ET AL ADDN LOT 5 Thieke, Jeffrey D & Lisa

OAKLAND ADDN 13’ CRAWFORD ST VAC N OF LOT 38             Huskins, Richard T & Virgie C

OAKLAND ADDN LOT 38 20.8’ OFF THE ENT S SD OF LOT 38   Kunkle, Boyd D & Melissa A

J B CARTER’S 2ND ADDN LOT 9     Ingle, Teresa M

PT W SD LOT 3 IN SE4 36-24-3  0.118 AC      Satya Ventures Inc

BON AIR PARK ADDN LOT 3 VAC TRACT R/W ADJ & KENNEDY ST VAC EX 21’ W SD            Lee, Clarence E & Susie T

BON AIR PARK ADDN LOT 115        Eads, Robert

BON AIR ACRES ADDN LOT 37       Miles, Robert L

BON AIR ACRES ADDN LOT 143     Chapel, Kevin & Teresa

BON AIR VISTA ADDN LOTS 235 & 236          Rehling, Anna Marie

FARMERS TRUST ADDN LOT 139  Thieke, Jeffrey D & Lisa J

FARMERS TRUST ADDN LOT 140  Thieke, Jeffrey D & Lisa J

FARMERS TRUST ADDN LOT 209  Bass, Johnny D & Fanny Mae

ENGLEWOOD PARK LOT 27           Clingaman, Glean Dale

ENGLEWOOD PARK LOT 22 S2      Clingaman, Glean Dale

EAST ENGLEWOOD ADDN PT LOTS 45 & 46                Tinder, William A Sr & Tammy K

EAST ENGLEWOOD ADDN LOT 84 60’ S SD Barker, Kent

TUXEDO ADDN LOT 129  Dempsey, Randy L

TUXEDO ADDN LOT 136  Castle, Anthony & Kelli

TUXEDO ADDN LOT 7      Glenn, Amanda

GARDEN PLACE LOT 8 100’ ENT S END        Story, Murry T & Larry J & Rosie M & Fox, Fostene

NORTHVIEW S/D SEC 1 LOT 24      Cox-Hoosier, Devon K

MILLER & HARBAUGH’S GLOBE ADDN LOT 19             Orndorff, Jacqueline A

MOTZ & GRETHERS ADDN LOTS 52 & 57 & 60 & 65     Pinedo Family LP

MOTZ & GRETHERS ADDN LOT 90 N2          Boucher, Jeff

MILLER & HARBAUGH’S ARGO ADDN LOT 1 EXC 72’ S SD         1983 Finance Company LC

MILLER & HARBAUGH’S ARGO ADDN LOT 136            Beard, Kent A

MILLER & HARBAUGH’S ARGO ADDN LOT 196            Beard, Adrienne

MILLER & HARBAUGH’S ARGO ADDN LOT 171            Falls, Willie J

MOTZ & GRETHERS ADDN LOT 114              Gilead House

MOTZ & GRETHERS ADDN LOT 125              Hicks, Darrell E

DRAPER & JOHNSTON’S 1ST ADDN LOT 80 Hobbs, Adam & Heather

DRAPER & JOHNSTON’S 1ST ADDN LOT 83 Bennett, Royce Ann

HEATON ALBRIGHT & JAMES 8’ ENT S SD OF 52’ ENT W END LOT 8       Ray, William E

J O HEATON’S 2ND ADDN LOT 33  Beard, Henry R

J O HEATON’S ADDN PT LOT 1 & E2 VAC ALY ADJ      McCoy, Darryl E

J O HEATON’S ADDN PT LOTS 1 & 2              Allgood, Jackie E & William E Jr

MILLER & HARBAUGH’S ARGO ADDN LOT 239            Lewis, Bennette E & Patricia

MILLER & HARBAUGH’S ARGO ADDN LOT 236            Martin, Michael J

PT E2 SW4 30-24-4  0.16 AC            Campbell, Ronald E

BROOKSIDE ADDN LOT 52              Smith, Anita Durham

BROOKSIDE ADDN LOT 5 23 W 42 NE COR  Affiliated Collection Association Inc

BROOKSIDE ADDN LOT 4 EX 42’ OFF ENT N END       Johnson, Ronald E & Isabella L

BROOKSIDE ADDN LOT 3 EXC 42’ N END     Home America Fund III LP

MOTZ & GRETHERS 2ND LOT 143 Ligon, Georgia

COOPER & KENNEDY LOT 21         Tribue, Roy T

MOTZ & GRETHERS 2ND LOT 136 Ligon, Georgia

MOTZ & GRETHERS 2ND LOT 137 Ligon, Georgia

PT LOT 7 SE4 46’X132’ 30-24-4  0.14 AC         Talbert, Brian R

OUT LOT 99       St Clair, Aaron A

JOHN FRAZIERS ADDN LOT 18 7’ NE COR OF LOT    Foster, Clarence W & Jimmie

JOHN FRAZIERS ADDN E2 LOT 16 EXC 31.5’ N END   Nix, Harvey Lee & Barbara

MORRIS S/D OF OL 179 PT LOT 26 & D C METSKERS EASTERN ADDN PT LOTS 58 & 59      Wellington Investments LLC

H A BROUSE 1ST ADDN E2 VAC ALLEY W OF & ADJ TO LOT 3 (8’ X 132’)                Burbank, Chester O

JOHN W BARNES S/D OF LOTS 5 & 6 IN JOHN FRAZIERS ADDN LOT 3  Granger, Jimmy L &  Bernice

JOHN W BARNES S/D OF LOTS 5 & 6 IN JOHN FRAZIERS ADDN LOT 4  Granger, Jimmie L & Bernice

H A BROUSE LOT 5 40 X 75’ SW COR            McCord Investments LLC

W T CHAMBER’S 1ST ADDN LOT 2 Velvet Clover LLC

MORRIS S/D OF O L 179 LOT 12     Beard, Dorris L

H A BROUSE PT LOT 18   Duncan, Lila L

A R BOWKERS PT LOT 23 50’ OFF ENT W END           Duncan, Lila

OUT LOT 168 80’ W SD EXC 41’ W SD            Poff, David & Betty

OUT LOT 70 69’E & W X 66’ N & S   Long, Rolland T

OUT LOT 71 EXC 44 FT W SD         McKinney, Anglie L

PT LOT 6 NW4 31-24-4  & PT LOT 18 EXC 80.8’ S ED MULBERRY   CK-149A-286     Van Cameron, Ricardo

A R BOWKERS LOT 18     Mallory, Teresa

PT LOT 5 NW4 31-24-4  0.19 AC PER CALC   Hillman, Jesse

PT LOT 5 NW4 31-24-4  0.19 AC PER CALC   Fitzpatrick, Daniel

COLES HEIGHTS LOT 6   Miller, Dennis B & Parrisha E

W T CHAMBER’S 1ST ADDN LOT 15 33.3’ E SD             Allen, Robert L  Jr & William & Lillian & Larry

COLES DALE LOT 11        Hai Minh Ventures LLC

PT LOT 7 NW4 31-24-4  0.31 AC      LaGrone, Angelo

PT LOT 6 NW4 31-24-4  0.16 AC      Ridgeway, Ken O & Patricia J

T J FAULNER LOT 20 W2 Lunsford, Virgil J

T J FAULKNER’S ADDN LOT 21 E2 OF LOT   Coleman, Alberta

T J FAULKNER’S ADDN LOTS 38 & 39 MID PT EACH EXC 15’X35’ SE COR OF LOT 38B          Newby, Kenneth

T J FAULKNER’S ADDN 38’ S END LOT 38 & 15’X35’ SE               Lunsford, Virgil J

MOORE & HOSS’ GLENROSE ADDN LOT 5   Alvarez & Avilla Investments LLC

CHANDLER ADDN LOT 11 2 1/2’ S ED            Lamberson, R E

CHANDLER ADDN LOT 22               Hoffman Houses

T J FAULKNER’S ADDN ADDN  LOT 27 W2    Windgate Properties LLC

T J FAULKNER’S ADDN LOT 27 E2 Morris, Leslie & Betty Lou & Robert

COLES HEIGHTS LOT 31 Johnson, Isabella

MCCLURE’S ROSE FARM ADDN LOT 17        American General Financial Services Inc

COLES HEIGHTS LOT 55 Stewart, Loren & Glenda S

PT LOT 2 NE4 31-24-4 TRACT 4 140X44’ ON MULBERRY ST  0.14 AC        Downhour, Calvin L & Toni A

PT LOT 3 NE4 31-24-4  0.04 AC       Cuttriss, Jack J & Dorothy E & Alan L & Kathryn L

PT LOT 3 NE4 31-24-4  0.05 AC       Duncan, Lila

PT LOT 1 NE4 31-24-4 40’ OFF ENT S SD  0.14 AC       Cressley, Willard M & Churchill Lessie C

PT LOT 1 NE4 31-24-4  1.48 AC       Raghav Realty Kokomo LLC

PITTSBURGH PLATE GLASS LOT 59              Transhire Holding Group LLC

E S HOCKETT’S 1ST ADDN LOT 6  Smith, Heidi D

BELL LOT 45      Fisher, Fredric Wayne

C A JAY’S DIAMOND ADDN LOT 54 Crull, Robert E Sr & Judy K

FISSE’S ADDN LOT 22 N2 Carpenter, Larry E & Kelly Y

FISSE’S ADDN LOT 13 & 14 W2 LOT 14 & W2 OF 6’ N SD LOT 13 & W2 OF 10’ HARRISON ST VAC      Browning, Kyle

W H TURNER’S ADDN LOT 1           Beatty, Scott A & Michelle K

PT LOT 2 NW4 1-23-3 7.5’X32’  0.01 AC          Umbarger, Harry W & Lulu D

A G HAMMERBECK ADDN LOT 1    Vanwinkle, James

PT LOT 3 NE4 1-23-3 50X80’ BEG 160’ E OF SE COR LOT 1 HARDEBEDK  0.09 AC  Jeffries, Brandi L

HAMLIN HIGHLAND LOT 96             Smith, Warren

HAMLIN HIGHLAND LOT 71 40 FT N ED         Christie, Ralph D & Paul H & Mark A

HAMLIN HIGHLAND LOT 337 40’ CENT PT & 40’ CENT PT OF 10’ N SD LOT 338      Payne, William

HAMLIN HIGHLAND LOT 343 42’ W END        Chandler, Carl Wayne Jr

HAMLIN HIGHLAND LOT 404 NE COR            Indianapolis Northern Traction Co

HAMLIN HIGHLAND LOT 354           Anderson, Fred

PT N2 NE4 10-23-3  0.24 AC 34-09-10-202-001.888-001 annexed to 34-09-10-202-001.000-002               Jacobs, Hurshel J & Elva

BRUNERS LORETTO ADDN LOT 67               Osborn, Geraldine L

FAIRLAWN EXTENSION OF FAIRLAWN ADDN LOT 366              Sparling, Bo D

FAIRLAWN EXTENSION OF FAIRLAWN ADDN LOT 321              Weirauch, Samuel A

FAIRLAWN EXTENSION LOT 377    Long, Rolland T

MARKLAND HEIGHTS LOT 134       Fye, Dorothy Louise

MARKLAND HEIGHTS LOT 136       Vanness, Robert W

MARKLAND HEIGHTS LOT 48         Carpenter, Larry & Kelly Y

SUPERIOR ADDN LOT 27 Grim, Shawn S

ELM TREE E2 LOTS 33 & 34             Elliott, Desrick

LENOX ADDN LOT 40       Myers, Claude & Carolyn Jane

PT NW4 18-23-4  0.04 AC Standard Life Insurance Co

TERRACE MEADOWS S/D SEC 1 LOT 51 TRI PC SE COR 34-10-18-128-004.888-001 annexed to 34-10-18-128-004.000-002                Southway Utility Corp

PT SE4 13-24-3  0.18 AC   Pearson Alvin B

PRESERVE AT BRIDGEWATER S/D TRACT E  0.80 AC                LaSalle 115 Holdings LLC Series 1

PRESERVE AT BRIDGEWATER S/D TRACT A  0.71 AC NET        LaSalle 115 Holdings LLC Series 1

PRESERVE AT BRIDGEWATER S/D TRACT B  0.15 AC NET        LaSalle 115 Holdings LLC Series 1

PT SW4 SW4 9-24-5  0.13 AC           Weisenaur, Henry Jacob

PT E2 SE4 SE4 17-23-5  0.19 AC      Carpenter Jerry D & Denise

PT S2 SW4 33-24-5 & TURNER’S ADDN LOT 1 & N PT LOT 14  2.90 AC MEASURED TOTAL   Miller, Ronald J DBA Jireh Farms

PT NE4 5-23-5  0.67 AC     Smith, Roger

DAVIS S/D SEC 2 LOT 51  Fisher, Carolyn A Rev Liv Trust & Fisher, Jimmie P

INDIAN HEIGHTS S/D BLK 5 LOT 14               5202 Arrowhead Blvd Land Trust

DERBY SHIRE S/D SEC 5 PT LOT 62              Eikenberry, Mike

SPICE RUN S/D SEC 3 PT LOT 47  0.04 AC    Baer, Christopher & Kelley

FRL NE4 5-23-2  5.26 AC  Kirkendall Jackie K SLE Rem to Cotton, Jill A & Zimmer, Julie & Kirkendall,

PT NE4 SW COR 16-23-3  0.02 AC  Edwards, Walter C

HIGHLAWN ADDN LOT 4 60’ N SD  Crites, Shirley J

HIGHLAWN ADDN LOT 4 8’ OF EVEN WIDTH OFF N SD OF 48’ S SD OF LOT 4      Crites, Shirley J

E G S/D SEC 2 LOT 6        Snodgrass, Roger A & Catherine

PT NW4 NW4 24-23-2  0.07 AC PER SURVEY                Hill, Donna Ilene

PT W2 SW4 W OF RR 7-24-4 10’ EASE ENT S SD 0.16 AC           Cambron, Lessie C