COLUMBUS, KS.--- The Cherokee County Treasurer says the county was able to sell 81 properties yesterday, raising about $30,000 to cover back taxes owed by the previous owners. The properties accounted for about $100,000 of delinquent taxes combined. The Treasurer says at least they are now back on the tax rolls. That eases the county's financial burdens, even though they didn't raise all the money that was owed.
"When someone doesn't pay their taxes, if there's several of them, it makes the mill levies go higher, because that's what a lot of the tax dollars go toward, and your cities and you schools," states Junita Hodgson, Cherokee County Treasurer.
Hodgson says it will likely take 2 more tax sales for the county to take care of all the properties on the delinquent list.