Riley County made $267,041 from 2018 tax foreclosures, officials told commissioners on Monday.
Deputy County Counselor Craig Cox presented a final report on the sale, which took place June 28.
Cox said 84 properties were on the list in October 2018, but after some owners paid their back taxes, the county ultimately filed the case in January with 17 properties.
Eleven bidders attended, and the county auctioned seven properties, including one with a structure, to four successful bidders.
“We also had two delinquent property owners sell their properties just prior to the auction, to pay their delinquent taxes,” Cox said in a memo. He said another property owner sold his house to someone who agreed to rent it back to him.
The county collected $197,177 based on the demand letter sent in October 2018 and another $63,184 after filing the case in January. At the auction on June 28, the county raised $6,681 of the remaining taxes owed of $6,694, bringing the grand total of delinquent tax revenue collected to $267,041.
“We’re already in the mode for next year’s sale,” Cox said.
During the meeting, the commissioners entered into executive session for about 10 minutes to discuss the acquisition of real property. Commissioners reached a consensus to move forward with the acquisition but did not take official action.
Holeman said the commission would not release details about the property at this time.
Riley County officials also told commissioners that wages and overtime amounts for county employees are on track for the year.
“So everything’s looking in good shape,” county clerk Rich Vargo said.
At the halfway point of the year, the county is at 47% of its budgeted amount for wages and overtime. The total budgeted for the year is is $15.7 million.
Of the county departments, the highest for the year to date is juvenile services, which is part of the court system, at 63%. The court is fully grant-funded. Others that were above 50 percent, including the museum and the health department, were also partially or totally grant-funded.
Riley County Emergency Medical Services Director David Adams reported two minor burn injuries because of fireworks over the holiday weekend.
He also informed commissioners about two water rescues that occurred in the past week. Adams encouraged Riley County residents to exercise caution and wait for the river to go down before going out on it.
“I understand it’s fun to get out there on the kayaks when the river is really running good,” Adams said. “But there’s a side effect to that, and that’s getting yourself in a predicament and where responders have to go out and put their lives on the line to rescue you.”