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 on the Greene County Courthouse steps. 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.
The Tax Claim Bureau conducts upset, judicial and private sales of unpaid real-estate tax properties during the year.
Upset Sale: Properties exposed at the upset sale are offered together with any mortgages, judgments or non-tax liens. Properties offered are sold at a bid equal to or higher than the amount of outstanding taxes, bureau costs and any municipal liens. An upset sale becomes final after confirmation by the Court of Common Pleas.
Judicial Sale: Properties not sold at the upset sale become eligible for judicial sale. The Bureau makes a current owner title search. All known holders of mortgages, judgments or liens are notified that, by order of the Court of Common Pleas, the property will be offered for sale divested of all mortgages, judgments and liens.
Private Sale: Properties not sold at judicial sale are placed in a "repository" status. This in effect is a bank of unsold properties. The Bureau may negotiate a private sale of any property held in the repository.
Unpaid taxes are filed in the Tax Claim Bureau Jan. 15 of each year. Once taxes are filed with the Bureau, partial payments can be paid. If a tax is unpaid after two years with the Bureau and three years after it was issued, the property is exposed to the annual upset sale.
In order to stay the sale of owner occupied property, the owner can enter into an agreement with the Tax Claim Bureau. The owner would pay 25% down in cash, followed by three (3) additional payments.
In order to assure that property owners are aware of the potential sale of their real estate, the Bureau sends certified restricted notification, posts the premises and advertises the properties in local papers.
TO PAY DELINQUENT PROPERTY TAXES ONLINE:
GO TO: https://paylocalgov.com/greene-pa/
Once you are connected to the Online Payment Service, select a payment-type of "delinquent property taxes" and use the Web ID number which can be found on the delinquent notice.
This service allows you to pay your Greene County, PA payments electronically and is a service of Value Payment Systems.
Contact the County Treasurer's office for online paying of the current year county property taxes.