100 properties to be auctioned for back school taxes in Mabank

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : May 8, 2014

By David Webb
Monitor Correspondent
KAUFMAN–About 100 pieces of property seized for delinquent property taxes in Kaufman County will be auctioned off at the Mabank ISD Administration Building at 310 E. Market St. at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 20.
The Kaufman County Commissioners Court approved the tax resale public auction at an April 28 meeting. Opening bids for the Precinct 4 properties will start at 25 percent of the property’s appraised price, ranging from about $250 to almost $20,000.
The auctioneer will be Kaufman County’s delinquent tax attorney Jeff Brown. The properties that will be available for sale at the auction can be viewed at on the website’s homepage under the heading “Tax Sale.”
Some of the properties are in Kemp instead of Mabank, and some could actually be located in Henderson County. They are part of the Kaufman County auction because they are also in the school districts of Kemp and Mabank.
Signs will be posted on the properties about their pending sale at auction, and they will be advertised in the newspaper.
County Judge Bruce Wood said he hopes the auction will attract people who normally do not get involved in purchasing tax resale properties. Purchases of tax resale properties usually are conducted by closed bids submitted by people who view the county’s tax resale records.
“It seems like to me that this might be good for people who want to buy property,” Wood said. “I think that there will be a lot of interest.”
Buyers are responsible for doing their own research about the properties, and consideration should be given to factors such as zoning when contemplating the intended use.
In other action, the court:
• approved placing an abstract judgment against property owned by lawyer Jo Ann E. Combs in connection with fees owed to the District Clerk’s Office in connection with a lengthy legal battle she waged with the county over her fees for services in the guardianship case of Wallace D. Darst and his estate. Combs ultimately lost in her effort to collect about $147,000 in legal fees after an eight-year battle.
• approved a $35,000 negotiated right-of-way purchase price with Falcon Steel for the Highway 34 bypass construction project.
• approved a revised contract for the Kaufman County Tax Office to execute with the local taxing entities it represents.
• awarded bids to Bluebonnet Waste Control and Community Waste for the Kaufman County Cleanup Weekend held May 2-3.
• allowed Combine Water Supply to install a water line down and under Farr Altom Road, and along Harlan Lane.
• proclaimed the week of May 12-16 as National Police Week in Kaufman County.
• proclaimed May 15 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day in Kaufman County.
• proclaimed May 9 as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in Kaufman County.