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The Tax Claim Bureau was established under Act 542 of 1947. The purpose of Act 542 is to promptly return properties with delinquent real estate taxes to the productive tax rolls. The act also provides for the consolidation of all delinquent real-estate tax claims into one agency as a convenience to local officials, property owners, prospective purchasers and title searchers.
The Tax Claim Bureau of Greene County, collects delinquent real estate taxes. Taxes become delinquent at the end of every year if they are not paid. The Treasurer's Office and the local Tax Collector's send all delinquencies to our office. When the taxes are delinquent two years, our office holds an Upset Sale. The Upset Sale is held no earlier than the second Monday of September or later than the last day of September each year. An auction-type sale is held at the Greene County Fairgrounds' 4-H Building (Upper Level). These properties are not sold "free and clear". Properties not sold at our upset sale, are then eligible for our Judicial Sale, which is our "free and clear" sale. This sale is held at the discretion of our Solicitor. Properties not sold at a Judicial Sale are then placed in our repository. Our office accepts private bids for these properties. A list is available at our office, for a fee of $1.00 per page.
Our office provides lien certificates for any property. This states if there are any delinquencies on a property. The cost is $15.00 per parcel. We provide printouts, showing what is owed on a property and the cost for this service is $1.00 per page.