Brookhaven, Ms. – On Monday, August 28, 2017, the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors held its annual land tax sale online for the first time. The sale was a success for the tax collectors and tax sale investors of Lincoln County.
The technology-driven land tax sale, which took place online at CivicSource.com, sold all but nine of 1,157 tax-delinquent properties available at the auction, returning $773,532.00 of property tax revenue to Lincoln County. “We had a great first year with CivicSource. In-County bidder participation was great, and 71% of winning bidders live in Lincoln County,” states Lincoln County Tax Assessor/Collector Blake Pickering. “It was great to see this open up more opportunities for participation to a greater number of people within the County.”
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. “I work full time and have never had the opportunity to attend any sales, so having the sale online made it available for me,” explains bidder Cynthia Price. “It was truly an amazing experience and I look forward to all future sales.”
One hundred and six bidders participated in the 2017 online land tax sale. Representatives from CivicSource and the Board of Supervisors 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.