When people do not pay their real estate taxes, their property becomes delinquent.
From there, the taxes or tax slip can be purchased at a Sheriff’s sale.
If no one buys the tax slip there, it will go to the State Auditor’s office.
From there, a purchaser–wether it is a developer or an individual–can make an offer on the property.
There are hundreds of delinquent properties in Ohio County, some dating as far back as the 1920s.
For the past several months, County Clerk Michael Kelly has been mapping out exactly where those properties are.
With the information he collected, a mapper superimposed outlines of the properties onto an aerial map of the county with hopes of helping potential buyers identify available lots.
“The parcels that are delinquent have the map and parcel number on them, so it will make it easier for the general public that might be interested in one or two parcels or a developer who might be interested in developing a large section to see what is available,” said Kelly.
If you are interested in getting one of the maps, you can fill out an application at the County Clerk’s office and specify which portion of the county you would like to see.
They are $25 a piece.