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Monongalia County Tax Office prepares for Nov. 5 tax lien sale

MORGANTOWN — Monongalia County Chief Tax Deputy Kelly Palmer said there are currently 1,593 properties headed to the upcoming tax lien sale, though that number could still change.
The sale will be held at 9 a.m. on Nov. 5 in the county commission meeting chamber.
Palmer asked the county commission to suspend nearly 400 properties from the list on Wednesday citing a number of reasons.
She explained that properties involved in a bankruptcy, previously sold to the state, condemned, or have a deed in question cannot be sold.
The bulk of the exclusions, 293, involve mineral rights.
“All mineral rights, under state code, are not allowed to be sold. In many counties those are actually keyed in as personal property and so the state tax department is working with the auditor’s  office and the assessors to get that straightened out,” Palmer said.
The sale will include properties with delinquent real estate taxes from the 2017 tax year. Palmer said the deadline to pay is 5 p.m. on Nov. 2.
In other county news, the commission:
— Approved a total of $3,000 to assist with two community events at the Monongalia County Ballpark
The first, Crafting with Cooper, will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Oct. 27 and is open to the public.
The second, from 2-6 p.m. on Dec. 2, will be a community holiday party. This event is also open to the public.
— Approved requisition No. 5 for the University Town Centre TIF Administrative Expense Fund in the amount of $1,090 to be paid to Steptoe & Johnson.
— Approved requisition  No. 12 for the University Town Centre Special Excise Tax Revenue refunding and improvement bonds, Series 2017, totaling $2,910. Of that amount, $1,622.50 will go to Steptoe & Johnson and $1,287.50 will go to Municap.
— Approved requisition No. 2 for the Maple Drive TIF Project Administrative Expense Fund in the amount of $10,486.19 to Steptoe & Johnson.
— Announced openings on the following volunteer boards and commissions — West Run Board of Zoning Appeals, Camp Muffly and Mason-Dixon Park advisory boards, West Run Board of Zoning Appeals, planning commission, development authority and building commission.
Contact the commission office at 304-291-7257 for more information.
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