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Warren Area High School
"The 2012 dog licenses are on sale now in the Warren County Treasurer's office," Warren County Treasurer Nancy Siggins said.
Since implementing the online licensing system in November 2010, 26 counties across the state now offer the service and, Siggins said, "My total sales increased from the year before."
Nancy SigginsWarren County Treasurer Nancy Siggins has seen heartbreaking examples of what can go wrong for property owners who wait until the last minute to try to save their homes from tax sale.In one case, a property owner who worked the night shift thought he could catch a little extra sleep and still be at the courthouse in time to save his house from the auctioneer's gavel.Siggins said the message for those who could lose their property because of delinquent taxes is, "Don't let it go upstairs (to the main courtroom)."Anything can happen once the sale starts," said Siggins."We try to work with people until then, but there's nothing we can do after the sale starts."How do an average of 800 properties per year end up being advertised as having delinquent taxes?Property owners first have the opportunity to pay their taxes to the tax collector after receiving their bills in August, said Siggins.In the case of 2006 taxes, said Siggins, nothing further will happen until June 2008 when another certified notice is sent to the property owner.After the second notice, the property owner has until July 10 to pay the taxes.That is when the tax sale list is finalized.Siggins said that there are many hardship cases and the Tax Claim Bureau is willing to work with property owners, even to the point of accepting monthly installments of $50 to $100 up until the point of the tax sale in September.While no direct aid is available to help property owners pay their taxes, Siggins said that there is financial assistance available for expenses such as food, medical costs and heating and those programs can be utilized to "free up" money to apply to back taxes.If taxes are not paid by July 10, delinquent taxes, including the name of the property owner, the amount owed and parcel numbers, are advertised in the Times Observer.This year, Siggins expects the list of delinquent tax properties will be published on or about July 16.The listing this year will include properties with delinquent taxes from 2005, 2006 and 2007.Tax bills for 2007 will be mailed out in August, Siggins said, so by the time of the tax sale in September, they will be considered due."A lot of people think you have three years," said Siggins, "but it's actually only two."Between the time of publication of the legal advertisement and the tax sale in September, Siggins said, taxes may be paid at any point.The day of the tax sale is "a crazy day," said Siggins.Siggins said the tactic of letting back taxes accumulate until the last minute and then saving the property from the auction block by paying off one year became popular when interest rates on investments were much higher than today's yields.But by the time a property goes to auction today, she said, the interest rate penalty will approach 21 percent."I don't know of any investment that would earn that much today," said Siggins.A tax sale differs from a sheriff's sale, said Siggins, because sheriff's sales are conducted to satisfy lien holders and mortgage companies as opposed to taxes."The Tax Claim Bureau sales are just for delinquent taxes," she said.Once the sale begins, Siggins said some property owners' only hope is that no one bids on their property.And that does happen."But if no one bids, the next year they are listed for judicial sale," said Siggins.At a judicial sale, properties are sold "free and clear" of all liens and judgments, making them much more attractive to prospective bidders.
Yoder owes a $3,027.53 balance on his 2008 taxes and $56,921.87 on his 2009 taxes, said Nancy Siggins, Warren County's treasurer.
Siggins said the 2010 taxes aren't considered delinquent until April 25.
Nancy Siggins, deputy treasurer of Warren County, has announced her candidacy for Warren County treasurer. Siggins has been an employee of the Warren County Treasurer's Office for more than 20 years.She started in 1980 processing doe licenses part-time and in 1986 took a full-time position in the office.In 1994 she was appointed deputy treasurer. Siggins is a lifetime resident of Warren.She graduated from Warren Area High School.After graduation she worked at the Warren County Board of Assistance for five years. She and her husband Roger, a retired Warren city firefighter, have been married for 32 years. Siggins is an board member of the Warren Lioness Club, a supporter for "Music In The Park," serves on the board of directors of WACOPSE Federal Credit Union and is a member of the Warren County Republican Women. "I very much enjoy my work.It is very satisfying to me to be able to help with everyday lives.We encounter many residents during the day for various reasons.Our office sells licenses of all types and also work with many other agencies within the county to help our residents.I am responsible for the county accounts and the entire office in the absence of the treasurer Bonnie Trawick.I am qualified and experienced to serve the public as Warren County treasurer," she said.
TREASURER - Nancy Siggins, 814-728-3415