BUCKHANNON — Chief Tax Deputy, Heather D. Sparks, presented the Final Disposition List of the real estate taxes returned delinquent for the 2018 tax year to Upshur County Commissioners Thursday morning. Sparks made an initial presentation of these properties in May of 2019 and in that presentation, she reported that $506,505.87 in taxes have been paid.
“We really do research every aspect of the property, so we can make sure the correct taxpayers are being notified,” explained Sparks. Once they do this, they send out their certified letters. According to Sparks, there were 146 real estate tickets that went to the Sheriff’s Annual Tax Lien Sale. Of those 146 tickets, 23 tickets totaling $3,592.35 had tax liens sold to the State of West Virginia. Sold to individuals, were 123 tickets totaling $14,234.34. Sparks explained a good portion of the properties are coal properties.
Sparks wanted to inform the delinquent taxpayers that they have 18 months to redeem their taxes through the State of West Virginia; however, the sooner the better, because the cost increases the longer you wait.
Sparks thanked the tax deputies for working extremely hard to provide the Sheriff with such a great tax department. She also wanted to inform any landowner wishing to redeem their property during the eligible redemption period that they can do so by providing their property information to the West Virginia State Auditor’s Office, Land Division at 1-888-509-6568.