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SoS reports 'solid response' to sale of tax-forfeited property

GREENVILLE —There was a “solid response” to the eighty (80) parcels of tax-forfeited properties marketed for public bid in Greenville, the Secretary of State’s Office reports.

“We are pleased to say we received over 87 bids on 52 parcels,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.  “I believe the tremendous response was due largely to Mayor Chuck Jordan’s commitment to community and the community’s commitment to maintaining a city of pride.”

These bids were in addition to 23 parcels under contract with churches, plus 22 parcels purchased directly by an individual outside of the properties put up for bid.

“Almost 100 parcels will (be returned) to private ownership.  Today is a good day for Greenville and Washington County,” added Hosemann.
Currently, the Secretary of State’s Office holds over $38 million worth of property forfeited to the state for non-payment of ad valorem taxes.

“Tax forfeited properties are a blight on the community. Returning these properties to private ownership cleans up our neighborhoods and reduces the opportunity for crime.  We hope our successes in Greenville will be mirrored in other parts of the state,” said Hosemann.

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