Citing a higher rate of paid 2012 taxes, the office of the Jackson County tax commissioner announced last week that its first tax sale of 2014 has been pushed back two months.
“The number of fi fa’s is down,” explained tax commissioner Don Elrod. “We had 4,000 in 2011. When we issued them for 2012, we only had 2,300. Instead of having nine sales, I can cut the number down and get them away from tax time.”
The first sale of 2014 will be on May 6. The sales are conducted on the steps of the Jackson County Courthouse.
A fi fa (short for the Latin term fieri facias) is a court order authorizing the sheriff to collect the money through the sale of the property of the person named in the fi fa.
The tax office sends out fi fa’s in November for the previous year’s delinquent tax bills and schedules tax sales during the following year. Notices sent out this November will be for delinquent 2012 tax bills.
As of last week, Elrod said his office had collected 96 percent of the bills sent out last fall and 99.62 percent of those sent the year before.