Ford County taking bids on abandoned properties

Ford County taking bids on abandoned properties

PAXTON — The Ford County treasurer's office is accepting sealed bids from the public for 14 abandoned properties.

The properties, which were acquired by Ford County after their real estate taxes went unpaid in 2009 and years prior, will be sold to the highest bidder at a tax deed auction. The required minimum bid per property is $645.

Bids are due by the close of business on Aug. 9 at the treasurer's office, located in the Ford County Courthouse, 200 W. State St., Paxton.

"The county, as trustee, hopes that these new owners will both maintain the property and keep the real estate taxes paid," a news release from Ford County tax agent Joseph E. Meyer said. "By eliminating abandoned properties, the appearance of the neighborhood should improve and the value of adjoining properties should increase."

Bidders' packets and sale catalogs are available at the treasurer's office or at More information can also be obtained by calling Ford County tax agent Joseph E. Meyer at 800-248-2850 or 618-656-5744.

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