Liberty, Mo. – On Monday, August 28, 2017, Tax Collector Lydia McEvoy hosted Clay County’s annual tax sale online for the first time. The online sale was the first of its kind in the state of Missouri and was a success for the Tax Collector’s Office and Missouri tax sale investors.
The technology-driven tax sale, which took place online at CivicSource.com, auctioned off the taxes of sixty tax-delinquent properties, returning $180,648.59 of property tax revenue to Clay County. Lydia McEvoy felt that “the online format created new opportunities for investors, better disclosure for homeowners, and efficiency in the amount of time and effort usually devoted to the sale. This entire process is a work in progress, but CivicSource is an excellent partner to make this work throughout Missouri.”
Unlike the live auctions of previous years, the online auction allowed investors to set proxy bids and participate in the auction from any internet-ready device whether at home, work, or a public computer. “As a new user of CivicSource’s web-based auctioning application, the site was very user friendly and Collector staff walked me through all aspects of the auctioning process,” explains bidder Anthony Medina. “CivicSource customer service associates were also helpful and made sure I was comfortable and all my questions were answered. In today’s high-paced, demanding world, it’s nice to know that companies like CivicSource are taking a proactive approach with auctioning by providing investors a flexible tool in achieving their goals.”
Fifty-nine active bidders participated in the 2017 online tax sale placing a total of 4,771 bids. Representatives from CivicSource and the Tax Collector’s Office provided laptops and technical support to investors at the Courthouse for the duration of the sale to make sure all participants transitioned smoothly to the new online format.
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CivicSource is the leading provider of digitized due process compliance and online auctions for tax-distressed real estate. Founded in 2008, New Orleans based CivicSource has been recognized by Inc. Magazine’s 500|5000 as one of “America’s Fastest Growing Companies” and has been recognized as the one of the “Best Places to Work” in New Orleans for the past six years. For more information, visit CivicSource.com.