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County auctions mobile homes for back taxes

Special to SEGAZINE

Brantley County Tax Commissioner Pat Tompkins and Chief Tax Appraiser Corey Lamb auction off 27 mobile homes on the courthouse steps Tuesday for non-payment of taxes, most which were bought by the county. Tompkins said that only 11 of the mobile homes, which went for $625.34 to $6662.29, were bought by private buyers. The county must now declare the homes it bought as surplus property and sell them to used trailer dealers or junk yards. Those who purchased the homes received bill of sales and had to apply for a title and were required to move the trailer within 30 days or reach an agreement with the property owner to allow it to remain longer. The county agreed to waive the moving permit fee although new owners still must apply for a permit to move the home. Buyers also are required to clean up the property after the home is moved, taking away any debris or junk that is part of the home and repair any damage and pay for any trees that must be cut in order to move the trailer. Because mobile homes are considered personal property and not real estate, the rules for their public sale are different. All sales were final and there is no redemption period. (Photo by Ken Buchanan)

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