The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Northumberland County

June 1, 2014

Northumberland County to sell 82 properties

Auction could bring in $127,000

SUNBURY — A Northumberland County judicial sale this month could generate more than $127,000 if all 82 exposed properties, most of which are in the eastern end of the county, are purchased at the minimum bid.

The county Tax Claim Bureau is selling the properties free and clear of all tax and municipal claims, mortgages, liens, judgments and charges of any kind during a public auction at 10 a.m. June 25 in the public meeting room at the county administration building, 399 S. Fifth St.

As of May 30, the list consists of 25 properties in Shamokin, 17 in Coal Township, 15 in Mount Carmel, five each in Marion Heights, Mount Carmel Township and West Chillisquaque Township, two each in Zerbe Township and Milton and one each in East Cameron Township, Kulpmont, Ralpho Township, Shamokin Township, Sunbury and Watsontown.

Coal Township manager Robert Slaby said none of the township properties are “high profile or long-time nuisances,” but a few have been identified as targeted homes for the Keystone Communities Program.

The township is using $210,036 in grant and matching township funds in order to fight blight, Slaby said.

Slaby will be attending the sale to observe whether anyone tries to bid on the properties.

“If they do start to bid, I will most likely bid against them up to a reasonable amount in an attempt to get the properties and demo them,” he said. “But if no one opens the bidding then I will not bid on them and instead just let them go to the repository, where I can get them cheaper.”

He declined to publicly identify which properties the township was interested in purchasing in order to avoid conflicts in obtaining them.

Shamokin code enforcement officer Rick Bozza said three of the city properties have been problem houses, but mostly the ones for sale are “run-down houses that need a lot of repairs.”

The highest minimum bid on the list is $3,499 for 291 E. Valley Ave. in Ralpho Township, which was last owned by Joan M. Smith.

The lowest minimum bid on the list is $874 for a mobile home at 154 Atlantic Ave. in West Chillisquaque Township, which was last owned by Brooke Mummey.

A property reaches judicial sale when the owner has been delinquent on taxes for two years, and has already been through an upset sale with no buyers.

The initial bid includes costs, recording fees, advertising and transfer fees, and each property is buyer beware.

Bidders are requested to pre-register with the Tax Claim Bureau at 399 S. Fifth St., third floor, prior to the sale.

Anyone owing delinquent property taxes may not bid; valid photo identification is required.

If the property is not sold at the judicial sale, it is then placed on the repository list where anyone can make an offer for it.

Visit the county website ——  for a full list of properties, parcel numbers, addresses, owners and minimum bids.

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