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Online auction of tax-forfeited properties begins today

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. Photo courtesy of Telesouth Communications Inc.

Bidding begins today, October 3rd, in an online auction of 238 tax-forfeited properties in Jones County valued at an estimated $1.46 million.  Parcels for sale are spread throughout the county, including in Laurel.

“Online auctions are a win for the State and for growing communities like Jones County,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, who launched online auctions in July 2016.  “Formerly neglected properties are restored to the tax rolls and money raised is distributed to cities, counties, and schools.”

Bids may be submitted through the Secretary of State’s online auction portal until 11:59 p.m. CST on Wednesday, October 31st.  To place a bid, a user is required to register online.  Users may view property details such as parcel location and an auction map.

Other information, such as auction dates, bid notices, and market values of property are also available online.  Successful bidders will be notified by e-mail as soon as possible once bids are placed, and payment of the bid amount must be paid within five days of notification.

Buyers will also be permitted to pay a “Buy It Now” price on any parcel, which allows them purchase a property immediately instead of waiting until the end of the auction.

In recent years, successful auctions in Bay St. Louis, Greenville, Greenwood, Hinds County, Jackson, McComb, Meridian, Pearl River County, Rankin County, Waveland, Vicksburg, and Yazoo City have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Mississippi schools, municipalities, and counties.

To learn more about tax-forfeited properties, visit the Secretary of State’s website or call the Public Lands Division at (601) 359-5156.

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