The White County Annual Tax Sale for the sale of Land, Lots and Railroad Property from Delinquent Taxes for year 2016 held on January 29, 2018 at the City Council room of the City of Carmi was a success. This was the first year pre-registration for the tax sale was offered, and it was helpful with reducing the confusion and chaos on the day of the sale. Twenty-seven tax buyers registered for the sale and the treasurer’s department collected $178,720.38 for 396 delinquent parcels. This total does not include the parcels forfeited to the White County Trustee, for which no money changed hands. Seventy-eight parcels were forfeited to the White County Trustee for a total of $30,625.01. The Certificates of Sale were processed, printed, and mailed to each tax sale buyer of record.
The final tax distribution for the 2016 taxes payable in 2017 have been processed and are awaiting the final approval of DevNet, the tax software vendor. The fifth and final settlement being disbursed to the taxing bodies is $1,183,893.36. These checks should be printed and mailed this week to the taxing bodies of White County. This will finalize the 2016 payable in 2017 White County Tax Season.
Emling and Hoffman, CPA will arrive in March 2018 to finish up the audit for the fiscal year ending November 30, 2017. The Treasurer’s office was approximately $14,000 under budget for the past fiscal year. This savings was in part due to using Mail Communications to print, fold and mail the 2016 tax bills, payable in 2017. The savings in postage and additional wages were significant. There was one complaint about using a mail service instead of the Carmi Post Office. In response, the Treasurer’s office printed and folded the delinquent tax bills at the office and mailed them through the Carmi Post Office.
The Treasurer’s office is a huge believer in supporting local businesses, but also believes in being diligent in cutting costs. The office continues to look for ways to save money and time for the County and, by extension, the taxpayers.
~~~Pamela Myers Armstrong,
White County Treasurer