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11/28/2013 County collects $50,000 at delinquent tax sale

The Custer County delinquent property tax sale took place in the courthouse this past Friday, Nov. 22. Out of 196 properties originally listed for sale as a result of unpaid property taxes, 105 ultimately were offered along with one county-held property. According to County Treasurer Virginia Trujillo, 53 people attended and 20 were new bidders.

The highest bidder was Roland Smith of Virginia, who bid a total of $9,404.52. Smith also purchased the most schedules, 18 in total. The highest premium was paid by Richard L. Downey of rural Westcliffe at $375.

The total actually collected from the sale was $50,367.27. The total premium bids totaled $6,395, with the average premium totaling $60.90.

Last year 179 properties sold, with a total tax amount of $59,423.19 and a premium total of $12,200.

"We had quite a bit less to sell this year," said Treasurer Virginia Trujillo, "so we made half as much as we did last year."