The Tax Sale Process
Tax Accounts that are two (2) years in arrears are subject to Tax Sale Proceedings and may be sold at Public Auction. The Municipality strives to hold at least two tax sales each year. If the taxes remain unpaid, the property is advertised in local papers prior to the tax sale. Tax sale notices are mailed by ordinary mail to the last known address. If no address is known, the notice may be posted on the premises. Once a date has been established for the next tax sale, you will be able to access an up to date listing of properties up for Tax Sale. The tax sale is a public auction with the successful bid being the highest bid at or above the total of all outstanding taxes, interest and expenses (tax sale costs). Only at the end of the redemption period, if the property has not been redeemed, will the title pass to the successful bidder.
The Municipality has the power to conduct tax sales through the Municipal Government Act. Click here to see the relevant section in the Act.