Missed payments on houses, business buildings, lots can still be redeemed


This home at 149 Pitt Street is one of four remaining homes destroyed by flood waters five year ago that the City of Franklin will purchase through a tax sale. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

As many as 200 properties, ranging from a 1,200-square-foot house in Edinburgh to a 12,000-square-foot home in the Center Grove area, will be up for auction because of unpaid taxes this week.

The county has set 200 properties, including homes, business buildings, vacant lots and small pieces of land, for auction where owners have missed at least three property tax payments. At the annual sale Friday, the county will try to collect about $1.1 million in overdue taxes, ranging from $140 for part of a residential lot on Hants Lake in Prince’s Lakes to more than $220,000 for the site of a former motel near Interstate 65 in Franklin.

The number of properties set for sale is higher than recent years. But the list could get significantly shorter in the days leading up to the auction since some property owners will wait until the last opportunity — occasionally 30 minutes before the sale starts — to pay the overdue taxes and keep their property, Johnson County Auditor Jan Richhart said.

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