Annual Tax Sale Scheduled
Worcester County will hold its annual Tax Sale for delinquent 2016 and prior real estate and/or water and sewer charges on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. This public auction will be held at the Worcester Government Center, County Commissioners Meeting Room, Room 1101, 1 West Market Street, in Snow Hill, Worcester County, Maryland.
Delinquent accounts will be advertised, as required by law, for four consecutive weeks in local publications with a general circulation in Worcester County beginning the week of April 22nd, 2018. Interested parties will find this listing during those weeks in the Daily Times Group (410) 213-9442 (The Daily Times, Worcester County Times, Ocean Pines Independent) and in the Ocean City Today Group (410) 723-6397 (Ocean City Digest/Ocean City Today). The Tax Sale advertisement will be posted here as a link when available. During the advertising period and until the date of the sale, a bulletin board posting these delinquent accounts will be located in Room 1105 Government Center at our Snow Hill office. Taxpayers with delinquent accounts should contact the Treasurer's Office prior to the day of the sale for payment requirements. Properties listed that are paid prior to the day of the sale will not be sold.
Terms of Sale
All bidders for the 2018 Tax Sale must register in person. Registration for the sale begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends promptly at 10:00 a.m., at which time the sale shall commence, unless extended by the Treasurer. Proper identification for individuals and proof of existence for legal entities shall be required for all registrants. In order to bid, an individual or entity must be registered. Cash or good check acceptable to Treasurer on the day of sale shall be tendered by 3:00 P.M. on date of sale after the last item sold. It shall be in the amount of taxes due including expenses of sale (attorney, auctioneer, advertising and miscellaneous). A receipt will then be issued by the Treasurer. A tax sale certificate will be provided by mail to the tax sale purchaser within thirty days of the date of the sale.
These properties are offered for sale at the risk of the purchasers and neither the undersigned nor any other party makes any warranties or representations whatsoever either expressed or implied, of any kind or character, with respect to the properties or the title thereto. In the event a tax sale certificate is issued and then voided by the Treasurer, through no fault of the buyer, only a refund of amounts actually paid on day of sale, with interest earned as provided herein, shall be made and shall be the Treasurers sole liability and limit thereon.
Properties are listed and sold based upon information provided by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation, which is in no way represented to be accurate or correct. The sale, the premises, and the properties are, to the extent provided by law, subject to any and all title defects, claims, liens, encumbrances, covenants, conditions, restrictions, easements, rights-of-way and matters of records. In the event of mistake, defective title, description or nonexistence of property, no refund shall be given.
Bidders should be well versed in the law regarding tax sales and should investigate the properties and titles thereto prior to purchase or bid. Competent legal advice should be sought by prospective bidders prior to the sale. No legal advice shall be given by the County Attorney, Treasurer, or staff. Bidders representing legal entities are limited to one bidder per property sold. Bidding shall be conducted in accordance with procedures announced by the Treasurer or his agent at the sale. All costs in connection with the foreclosure of the right of redemption and all other title costs are at the expense of the purchaser or purchasers.
All taxes and fees and other impositions, including, without limitation the following: transfer tax, agricultural transfer tax, recordation tax, and recording costs required will likewise be at the expense of the purchaser or purchasers. Terms of sale shall be complied with as determined by the Treasurer, who shall be the sole judge of such. These requirements are directory as to the Treasurer and not mandatory. They may be altered by the Treasurer at his sole discretion in the interests of justice, fairness, and efficiency or other good and valid reason.
Interest Rate Paid on Tax Sale Purchases
Worcester County pays 10% annual interest on Tax Sale lien certificates on the amount paid on the date of sale for taxes, water & wastewater charges, and costs of sale.
Redemption of Tax Sale Properties
Taxpayers with properties sold at Tax Sale must contact the Treasurer's Office at (410) 632-0686 ext. 3 for assistance in redeeming a property. The redemption must be processed in our Snow Hill office. Payment of such redemption must be made in guaranteed funds (cashier's check, money order, or cash).