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Treasurer to utilize tax lien sale to collect delinquent taxes

Ottawa County Treasurer, Robert Hille, as a result of a meeting with Ottawa County Auditor, Larry Hartlaub and Ottawa County Prosecutor, Mark Mulligan will be collecting more revenue for the county, its jurisdictions and the schools. The #1 benefit of a Tax Lien Certificate Sale is this allows the treasurer an opportunity to give taxpayers more time to pay their delinquent property taxes rather than the last resort of sending the file to the county prosecuting attorney to file an action against a taxpayer.

Notices will be sent to taxpayers to give them time and opportunity to pay the delinquent tax in full with the county treasurer’s office.

It has always been the treasurer’s policy to work with the taxpayers when possible. At a time when budgets have been shrinking this gives up immediate access to some more revenue and a lower percentage of taxes will remain unpaid.

So if the tax certificate is sold the taxpayer still has an additional 12 months to pay their delinquent taxes. The county receives the tax revenue immediately with this process at no additional cost to the county. The school systems and other jurisdictions will also get much needed revenue.

It is a tool that motivates property owners to come in and meet their obligations. In this tax lien sale, the treasurer sells past due taxes to Tax Ease Ohio LLC. and the property owner will have a 17.5 percent annual interest rate. Unique to this sale, property owners will make payments to Tax Ease and not to the county treasurer. They are taking on the administration costs instead of us. All correspondence is approved through the county treasurer.

If you have any questions, please call the Ottawa County Treasurer’s Office at 419-734-6750.

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