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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | October 4, 2011
Facing an increasing difficulty attracting bids at tax sales for properties with unpaid taxes, the Washington County Board of Commissioners discussed Tuesday whether to increase the redemption rate that the property owner must pay to redeem the property from the winning tax sale bidder. Treasurer Todd L. Hershey suggested increasing the redemption rate from 6 percent per year to 12 percent, a rate more in line with other counties in the state, but the commissioners voted against the idea 3-1. Commissioners President Terry Baker led the opposition to the idea, saying it would add to the hardship on families fighting to keep their homes during circumstances such as unemployment or divorce.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | June 3, 2012
The owners of more than 360 Washington County properties owed taxes as of Friday afternoon, leaving the parcels vulnerable to being sold for a fraction of their value. This year's Washington County auction of properties with tax debts will be Tuesday. The minimum bid for each property is the amount of taxes owed, plus interest and penalties. Each year, as the auction date nears, owners of properties on the list contact the Washington County treasurer's office to arrange payments.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | June 5, 2012
By the time Washington County Treasurer Todd Hershey kicked off the annual tax auction Tuesday morning, the list of property owners still delinquent on their taxes had been winnowed down from the 625 listed a few weeks ago to 298. More than 70 people gathered behind the Treasurer's Office at 35 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown to bid on houses, commercial buildings - even a bowling alley - with an estimated total cash value of $44.3 million....
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By DAN DEARTH | June 29, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- About 170 Washington County properties are expected to go on the auction block Tuesday during a tax collector's real estate sale. The sale, which is to begin at 9 a.m. in the rear of the Washington County Office Building at 35 W. Washington St., is held annually to sell properties on which taxes are overdue, Washington County Treasurer Todd L. Hershey said. Properties are offered for bid if the taxes aren't paid by 4:30 p.m. the day before the sale. When the county began advertising on June 6 that a tax sale would be held, about 315 properties were listed.
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July 1, 2009
Uncovered holes found on Antietam Street Worker's leg crushed in road milling accident Tax sale scheduled for Tuesday in Washington County Local burger tastes defeat in voting by "Live!" viewers 157 properties with overdue taxes auctioned
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by TARA REILLY | December 30, 2006
The amount of unpaid residential property taxes in Washington County is relatively small compared to what's collected. But one way or another, even the delinquent bills will end up in the county's general fund. "We collect every penny of real estate property tax," county Treasurer Todd Hershey said. As of June 30 - the end of fiscal year 2006 - there were 118 outstanding residential accounts that owed $121,741 in property taxes, Hershey said. About 5,100 property owners have not paid their taxes so far this year, but there still is time to pay before final legal notices go out March 1, Hershey said.
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May 7, 2003
SHARPSBURG - The Town of Sharpsburg settled the sale of the Mumma House on April 30, Town Attorney Charles Wagaman said. Tom Davis, of Keedysville, bought the former museum at 135 W. Main St. for approximately $43,000, town officials said. The town took ownership of the house in June 1999 after acquiring it at a tax sale for $42,500. The Town Council bought the property to ensure it would not be used for a major business. Council members wanted to sell the house as a single-family home to an owner who would live there.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | June 6, 2011
The list of properties up for auction in Washington County Tuesday because of unpaid tax debts has shrunk in recent weeks. As of Friday, there were 447 properties on the list, down from 543 on May 27. The Washington County treasurer’s office did not have an update on the number after Monday afternoon’s payment deadline passed. Washington County’s annual tax sale will be Tuesday at 9 a.m. behind the county office building at 35 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown. Each year, the county holds an auction to sell properties for which tax bills have not been paid.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | February 9, 2013
A building on Antietam Street in downtown Hagerstown that burned in a Thursday night fire was just short of a century old. The building at 19-23 W. Antietam St. was built in 1914, the same year World War I started. Although it had been vacant for years, it previously had apartments on the top four floors and businesses on the first level. The building was last assessed at $512,600, but failed at a tax sale last year to draw a bid high enough to cover back taxes and fees. The owners are listed in tax records as Fulton Gordon III and Gloria Mayes, who records show as having a Bethesda, Md., address.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | September 17, 2003
scottb@herald-mail.com The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday gave informal support to a proposal that would make it easier for the city to use its eminent domain power to obtain property that is in deteriorated condition. The proposal would require approval from the Maryland General Assembly, City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said. Nobody from the council spoke against the proposal, which only would affect property in poor condition. Under the proposal, each case would be reviewed individually and an ordinance would be passed for that specific acquisition, Zimmerman said.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | February 9, 2013
A building on Antietam Street in downtown Hagerstown that burned in a Thursday night fire was just short of a century old. The building at 19-23 W. Antietam St. was built in 1914, the same year World War I started. Although it had been vacant for years, it previously had apartments on the top four floors and businesses on the first level. The building was last assessed at $512,600, but failed at a tax sale last year to draw a bid high enough to cover back taxes and fees. The owners are listed in tax records as Fulton Gordon III and Gloria Mayes, who records show as having a Bethesda, Md., address.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | June 5, 2012
By the time Washington County Treasurer Todd Hershey kicked off the annual tax auction Tuesday morning, the list of property owners still delinquent on their taxes had been winnowed down from the 625 listed a few weeks ago to 298. More than 70 people gathered behind the Treasurer's Office at 35 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown to bid on houses, commercial buildings - even a bowling alley - with an estimated total cash value of $44.3 million....
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | June 3, 2012
The owners of more than 360 Washington County properties owed taxes as of Friday afternoon, leaving the parcels vulnerable to being sold for a fraction of their value. This year's Washington County auction of properties with tax debts will be Tuesday. The minimum bid for each property is the amount of taxes owed, plus interest and penalties. Each year, as the auction date nears, owners of properties on the list contact the Washington County treasurer's office to arrange payments.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | October 4, 2011
Facing an increasing difficulty attracting bids at tax sales for properties with unpaid taxes, the Washington County Board of Commissioners discussed Tuesday whether to increase the redemption rate that the property owner must pay to redeem the property from the winning tax sale bidder. Treasurer Todd L. Hershey suggested increasing the redemption rate from 6 percent per year to 12 percent, a rate more in line with other counties in the state, but the commissioners voted against the idea 3-1. Commissioners President Terry Baker led the opposition to the idea, saying it would add to the hardship on families fighting to keep their homes during circumstances such as unemployment or divorce.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | June 8, 2011
The former Zipper's Bar on Jonathan Street soon will be demolished by the city of Hagerstown. In the next few weeks, the city will carry out a court-authorized demolition of the structure at 327-331 Jonathan St., which has been vacant since the bar closed several years ago. Recent photographs of the property show broken windows, a partially-collapsed roof and failing structure, according to city documents. City staff members attempted to reach the current owners about the condition of the building but were unsuccessful, according to John Lestitian, director of community and economic development.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | June 6, 2011
The list of properties up for auction in Washington County Tuesday because of unpaid tax debts has shrunk in recent weeks. As of Friday, there were 447 properties on the list, down from 543 on May 27. The Washington County treasurer’s office did not have an update on the number after Monday afternoon’s payment deadline passed. Washington County’s annual tax sale will be Tuesday at 9 a.m. behind the county office building at 35 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown. Each year, the county holds an auction to sell properties for which tax bills have not been paid.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ and HEATHER KEELS | June 7, 2010
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- The Red Byrd Restaurant, a former mayor's home, and about two dozen properties connected with developers Stephen and Iris Sagi are among those up for auction Tuesday because of unpaid taxes. A total of 190 properties were on the list to be auctioned as of 4:30 p.m. Monday, the deadline for owners to pay taxes and keep their properties out of the auction, Washington County Treasurer Todd Hershey said. The tax collector's auction is held once a year. Those who purchase properties have the right to foreclose on them six months later.
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July 1, 2009
Uncovered holes found on Antietam Street Worker's leg crushed in road milling accident Tax sale scheduled for Tuesday in Washington County Local burger tastes defeat in voting by "Live!" viewers 157 properties with overdue taxes auctioned
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | June 29, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- About 170 Washington County properties are expected to go on the auction block Tuesday during a tax collector's real estate sale. The sale, which is to begin at 9 a.m. in the rear of the Washington County Office Building at 35 W. Washington St., is held annually to sell properties on which taxes are overdue, Washington County Treasurer Todd L. Hershey said. Properties are offered for bid if the taxes aren't paid by 4:30 p.m. the day before the sale. When the county began advertising on June 6 that a tax sale would be held, about 315 properties were listed.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | December 30, 2006
The amount of unpaid residential property taxes in Washington County is relatively small compared to what's collected. But one way or another, even the delinquent bills will end up in the county's general fund. "We collect every penny of real estate property tax," county Treasurer Todd Hershey said. As of June 30 - the end of fiscal year 2006 - there were 118 outstanding residential accounts that owed $121,741 in property taxes, Hershey said. About 5,100 property owners have not paid their taxes so far this year, but there still is time to pay before final legal notices go out March 1, Hershey said.
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