Lawrence County plans to hold the first mobile home tax sale in the state in October.
Legislators passed a bill last year that allows counties to do so.
Treasurer Paula Stewart says there are more than 160 mobile homes with delinquent payments in Lawrence County. But she’s hopeful multiple notices sent to the owners will result in the county collecting most of the more than $17,000 owed before the sale.
“We had over 700 delinquent in January, just a little over $200,000,” she says. “But by the middle of June, we had collected 67 percent of that money.”
Stewart says there’s a specific process the county has to go through before the homes are auctioned off.
“There’s several notices and publications that are required,” she says. “And those include a judge’s order authorizing a sale and then we’ll get to a point where we are ready to have a sale.”
People can pay the taxes owed before the planned Oct. 30 sale to keep the mobile homes, but could be subject to additional fees.
Mobile homes with delinquent taxes of just $25 qualify for the sale.