In an effort to reduce the number of tax forfeited properties in the State, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is auctioning 76 parcels located inside the City of Hattiesburg with an estimated value of $190,890.
"We have had great success all over the State in partnering with cities and counties to reduce the number of tax forfeited properties in Mississippi. These properties are a drain on our communities, our tax rolls, and our citizens," says Secretary Hosemann. "By partnering with Hattiesburg, we are taking an aggressive step to place these properties into productive use."
Currently, the Secretary of State's Office holds more than $75 million worth of property forfeited to the State of Mississippi for non-payment of ad valorem taxes. More than $2.6 million worth of tax forfeited property is located in Forrest County, with most of those 763 properties being located inside the City of Hattiesburg.
"Over the years, Hattiesburg has experienced an increase in tax forfeited properties. These properties are maintained by City of Hattiesburg employees and do not contribute to the tax base of the city. This way we all benefit," says Mayor Johnny DuPree.
Hosemann says the Secretary of State's Office has "taken historic steps to partner with local governments, Realtors, and anyone who is willing to help our Agency cure this epidemic in our State. Our goal is to work with local governments to identify properties which may be marketed for private ownership and those which may be transferred to local governments for public use."
To learn more about obtaining tax forfeited properties, please visit the Secretary of State's website at: http://www.sos.ms.gov/Applications/Pages/Tax-Forfeited-Lands.aspx
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