Last updated: May 05. 2014 2:43PM - 952 Views
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Harlan County Clerk Donna Hoskins announced the 2013 county and city of Cumberland delinquent property tax bills have now been turned over to the Harlan County Clerk’s Office. She said there are 2,289 delinquent tax bills.

“Due to this process, the tax bills have now gone up approximately 40 percent since being turned over to our office,” said Hoskins. “We’re now collecting them and will continue to collect them through 4 p.m. on Aug. 7. Interest of 1 percent will be added each month the taxes continue to be delinquent.”

Hoskins added if the taxes aren’t paid, they will be subject to a tax sale on Aug. 8.

“There are tax collection companies which come in and purchase your tax bill and become the first lien holder or maybe the only lien holder on your property,” said Hoskins. “Even if you have a bank mortgage, the tax collection company will be listed as the first lien holder before the bank. If your property is paid for, you will have a lien placed on your property and the taxes will have to be paid before you can sell that property.”

Hoskins said once the tax collection companies purchase your delinquent tax bills, then the tax bills will be subject to more fees and could possibly increase as much as “300 percent or more.” She said at the end of a year, after the companies purchase your tax bills, the company can “force a sale or foreclose on your property.”

“If you can’t pay your delinquent property taxes right now, you have the option of entering into a contract with the county attorney to make payments,” said Hoskins. “If you renege on the contract with the county attorney the taxes will come back to the clerk’s office and once again be subject to be sold to a tax collection company.”

To contact the county attorney’s office you may call 606-573-1794. You may contact the clerk’s office at 606-573-3636 or email at donna.hoskins@ky.gov.

Nola Sizemore may be reached at 606-909-4147 or on Twitter @Nola_hde

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