CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County has started preparations to conduct a judicial tax sale in March, according to Commissioner John A. Sobel, chairperson.
The commissioners, Sobel said, have been “pressed for many months” from various segments of the community that want the county to start having regular judicial tax sales. He said the commissioners, the county’s Tax Assessment Office and associated offices have been preparing to have a judicial tax sale this year and annually after that.
According to him, the commissioners have met with Clearfield County Sheriff Wes Thurston to make sure its meeting the service requirements. However, he wanted to compliment Controller Tony Scotto and his staff for its recent assistance with the process.
The county, Sobel said, received information within the past 24 hours about the amounts of monies due to sheriff’s departments of other counties throughout Pennsylvania. He said as part of the process, one must deputize the sheriff’s departments of other counties where the owners of properties are living.
Additionally, he said the Controller’s Office processed dozens of checks for the county over the past 24 hours. These checks, he said, totaled a proposed amount of more than $12,000 in advanced service costs. He explained that the county must advance these service costs to other sheriff’s departments, so that there’s proper service when the county holds its sale in the coming months.
“We know it’s been something that a lot of members of the public have been concerned about,” said Sobel. “We have been working diligently on this.” He thanked the Controller’s Office for its assistance despite currently having a short staff.