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Posted on: October 5, 2021

Treasurer's Office Reports 39% of Foreclosures Removed from Proceedings


For Immediate Release: 

October 5th, 2021 

Treasurer’s Office Reports Thirty-Nine Percent of Foreclosure Eligible Properties Removed from Proceedings to Date; Baumgartner Credits Property Tax Extensions & Community Outreach


The Spokane County Treasurer’s Office will file an updated tax foreclosure proceeding on fifty-seven parcels this week, representing a reduction of thirty-nine percent from the beginning of the annual foreclosure process. The Treasurer’s Office credited COVID-19 property tax payment extensions and staff outreach for the reduced number of foreclosure eligible properties in Spokane County. Properties not redeemed by Friday December 3rd will go to online auction on Monday December 6th


By state law, a full year’s property taxes must be three years delinquent for a County Treasurer to initiate tax foreclosure. Minimum bids are determined by back taxes owed in addition to penalty, interest, outstanding liens, and foreclosure costs. While several hundred properties may begin a year eligible for foreclosure, many parcels are removed from proceedings after utilizing available taxpayer assistance programs. 




Source: Spokane County Treasurer’s Office Data


“No one should lose their home to tax foreclosure” said Treasurer Michael Baumgartner, who used his state of emergency authority to grant the longest property tax extensions in the state. “I’m pleased that the tax extensions for those in need are having their intended impact. The decreasing number of foreclosures in Spokane County is a testament to the outstanding work our staff does working with property owners, using all available tools at their disposal to get them caught up on their taxes.”    


Treasurer Baumgartner previously authorized pandemic extensions of property tax payment deadlines to allow taxpayers more time to pay without accruing interest and penalty. Treasurer’s Office staff also work directly with property owners and organizations like SNAP to redeem properties from foreclosure and can work directly with property owners to set up partial payments.


Center for Community Progress in partnership with SNAP recently released an analysis of vacant and abandoned land in Spokane County. The report in part stated that “Preliminary information suggests that Spokane County has one of the more efficient and effective systems of real property tax collection and enforcement in the entire country.” citing the office’s annual collection rate and decreasing numbers of properties in foreclosure. 


Taxpayers struggling to make their tax payments or concerned about tax foreclosure are encouraged to contact the Treasurer’s Office as early as possible to explore all available assistance options. More information on tax foreclosure is available by visiting the Treasurer’s Office website. Foreclosure/Distraint | Spokane County, WA.



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