The annual Barry County land tax sale will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 23, at the historic Barry County Courthouse in Cassville. Barry County Collector Janice Varner has 114 properties going on the block for unpaid taxes dating back three years.
Varner said the number is "just about what we've been having." Last year around 60 buyers registered to participate in the auction-style sale. Varner expected a similar number this year.
Anyone interested in purchasing properties at the land sale needs to sign in and obtain a number prior to the sale in the collector's office. Prospective buyers from out-of-state need to appoint a Missouri resident as an agent. Agent forms are available in the collector's office.
The highest priced property will start at $42,315. The lowest priced properties start at under $50.
"We have bidding starting with back taxes and publication fees," Varner said.
Price range vary based on the type of property. Varner said homes carry the highest value. Many of the low priced lots are in the lake area and have no buildings on them.
The property owners of record have up to one year after the tax sale to redeem the property. Varner said there is no consistent percentage of properties that actually change hands in the sale.
Barry County has always waited three years before putting a property up for sale due to unpaid taxes, Varner said. Some counties put properties on the sale block after falling one year behind in taxes.
Copies of the listing of properties up for sale are available at the collector's office. For additional information, call Varner at 417-847-2116.