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Tax Deeds Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Tax Sale Auction?

The property sold at a Board of Supervisors’ Tax Sale Auction are property that have been on the County Treasurer’s delinquent tax list but were not sold at the Treasurer’s sale, have passed the time in which the previous owner could redeem them, and now have been deeded back to the State of Arizona. Greenlee County acts on behalf of the State by selling the property for the back taxes due, plus any liens and an administrative fee, after which the property go back on the tax roll.

When and where will the Tax Sale Auction be advertised?

The Tax Sale Auction is held in December. Location, time and date, including a list of the parcels being auctioned will be advertised in the Copper Era Newspaper for two weeks preceding the auction and will also be posted on the Greenlee County website.

How and when do I register for the Tax Sale Auction?

Registration will take place immediately before the auction begins on the day of the auction.

Are mail-in bids for the Tax Sale Auction accepted?

No. Bidders must be present in order to register and participate in the auction. Property not sold at the Tax Sale Auction will be available on a year-round over-the-counter basis at which time mail-in bids will be accepted.

Are there any other additional fees?

There is a $100.00 administrative fee that is charged on all parcels. This is incorporated in the cost of the parcel before the auction. In addition some parcels may have prior liens. If that is the case, the parcel will be designated with an asterisk after the property tax year. The lien amount will be added in at the time of the auction also, but this amount can be obtained prior to the auction day by contacting the Board of Supervisors Office.

What type of payment is required at the Tax Sale Auction?

Only Cashier’s Checks or Money Orders will be accepted for payment.

What type of a document is issued at the auction?

A receipt will be issued at the time the property is paid for. A Supervisor’s Deed will be produced, recorded and mailed to the buyer. It is the responsibility of the buyer to obtain clear title on the property. This can be done through an Attorney or a Title Company.

What happens to the parcels that are not sold at the Tax Sale Auction?

Parcels that are not sold at the Tax Sale Auction will be added to the list of property not sold at previous Tax Sale Auctions and will be offered for sale on a year-round continuous basis. The list can be viewed on the Greenlee County website and is available at the Board of Supervisors Office, 253 5th Street, PO Box 908, Clifton, Arizona, 85533. Please note there is a non-refundable filing fee of $20.00 per bid, or if you are bidding on more than one parcel at the same time, the fee is $20.00 for the first parcel and $5.00 for each additional parcel. If you are awarded the bid, the filing fee will be deducted from the total cost of the property.

Would you please send me a current list and place me on your mailing list if you have one?

We do not keep a mailing list. You are welcome to obtain the list from the Greenlee County website at no cost to you, or a hard copy can be obtained from the Clerk of the Board of Supervisor’s Office at a charge of $0.25 per page. Please contact the Board of Supervisors' Office for the current price as the list varies in length from year to year. After we receive the funds, we will be happy to mail a list to you.

Would you please forward me a copy of the statutes regarding tax sales in your jurisdiction?

The State Statute regarding Tax Sale information is under Title 42, Chapter 18, Article 7 in the Arizona Revised Statutes.

Does your county hold a lien sale in addition to a deed sale?

Yes, please contact the Greenlee County Treasurer’s Office for lien sale information.