A hearty mix of real estate types of tax arrears properties are destined for the auction block at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Atchison County Courthouse.

As of Tuesday, March 26, there were 42 parcels listed that were subject to the sale.

Property owners owing back taxes have until the day before the sale to redeem the properties in arrears and get them off the list. To do so, delinquent tax payers are required to pay back taxes owed within the calendar year of the sale and interest subject to the guidelines stated in Charter Resolution No 2018-1, court costs and penalties.

Atchison County Counselor Patrick Henderson drafted the charter resolution and recommended a few changes in effort to refine the process.

Potential bidders might notice the implementation of a few changes from tax sales in previous years. Deeds will be respectively issued to the actual registered bidder names associated with the number. Only one check is required from each winning bidder because the court fees will be submitted to the county clerk’s office along with filing of the deeds. Special assessments filed through entities outside of the county are subject to payment if any liens are dated after Jan. 1, 2019.

There were initially 151 properties eligible for the current sale with taxes in arrears for a minimum of three years. Throughout the process the list was pared down to 42. Since the current sale cycle started, more than $225,000 have been collected for the county coffer from the properties redeemed that the delinquent taxpayers have paid to get their properties removed from the list. The tracts set for sale in April include more than a dozen vacant lots, more than 15 houses, one commercial building and it appears there are three tracts with an out building of some type like a storage shed or garage.

Potential bidders have the opportunities to bid on tracts throughout the county. There are 35 within Atchison city limits. One tract is located in Lancaster and three are in Effingham. Three properties are located along the outer fringes of Atchison. One of these tracts is along Sherman Road bordering Sumner and the other two are along U.S. Highway 59 west of Atchison.

To see more about the sale and its rules log on to View maps and more detailed property descriptions at

Mary Meyers can be reached


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