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Annual Tax Sale

Date and Location of Sale

The Sangamon County Annual Tax Sale for delinquent real estate taxes and mobile home taxes will be on November 4,  2022 at 10:00 a.m. in the Sangamon County Board Chambers..

Buyer Registration

Register with the Sangamon County Treasurer’s office at least ten days prior to the sale. Registrations will be accepted until 5:00 PM on Monday October 24, 2022. All buyers must complete a Certificate of Registration form and include a $200 USD deposit. Deposits made by check shall be from a US bank. . A buyer will be required to sign an agreement stating :

  • All balances due at the end of the sale will be paid using a signed blank check.
  • They will not bid on any taxes on a parcel that they or anyone they represent have any interest in.
  • They will follow the Illinois Complied Statutes in completing the transactions related to the Tax Sale.
  • They will not collude, bid rig, or conspire with other tax buyers or County employees.
  • They understand that only one bidder at any one time may bid per registration.
  • The Tax Certificates will be titled using the registration information.
  • They will not resale or share with other registrants the Tax Delinquency List supplied by the County.

Substitute Buyer

If the registrant cannot participate in the tax sale, he/she may provide the name of a substitute person by 5:00 PM on October 28, 2022. The registrant must notify the Treasurer’s office in writing by e-mail or fax.

Refund of Deposit Policy

There are no refunds if the registrant does not attend or participate in the tax sale. The deposit is refunded only if the registrant attempts, but fails to purchase any parcels offered.

Buyer Check-in.

All registrants must check in at the Sangamon County Board Chamber prior to the start of the sale. Bring a signed check payable to “Sangamon County Collector”. Leave the amount blank. Checks must be from a US bank and in US dollars. We accept personal or business checks.

Tax Sale Information.

The Real Estate Portion of the Tax Sale will be conducted and administered by Joseph A. Meyer and Associates’ Randomized Auction Management System –“RAMS 2” Please contact Joseph A. Meyer & Associates , located 141 St. Andrews Avenue, Edwardsville, IL 62025 by phone 618-656-5744 or fax 618-656-5094 if you have in questions regarding “RAMS 2”. The Mobile Home portion of the Tax Sale will be conducted orally immediately following the RAMS 2 sale.

Buyer Check-in and Bidding Process Using RAMS 2

All registrants must check in at the Sangamon County Board Chamber prior to the start of the sale.  Bring a signed check payable to “Sangamon County Collector”.  Leave the amount blank.  Checks must be from a US bank and in US dollars. We accept personal or business checks.

A buyer (or the buyer’s agent if identified on the Tax Sale Registration) must be present to bid. Bidding on all delinquent taxes starts at 12% and the tax sale certificate is issued to the lowest bidder.  The tax buyer must pay the County for taxes purchased the day of the Tax Sale plus any penalties and costs due at that time. The buyer receives a tax certificate for each parcel purchased. The following costs are in effect and will be collected:$20.00 Indemnity Fee,  $10.00 Advertising Fee, $4.00 Clerk Fee, $10.00 Treasurer’s Automation Fee, and $60.00 Sale in Error Interest Fund Fee.

With the R.A.M.S. 2 system, on the day of the sale we will collect the bids for each registered buyer by having them bring a USB Drive to the tax sale with a file that contains their percentage bids for each parcel.  Once all bids from the registered tax buyers present are loaded into our system, the sale will be processed.  Each parcel will be awarded to the lowest bid for a particular parcel.  If there are multiple lowest bids, a random lowest bid is selected.  The processing should only take a few minutes.  Tax buyers are not required to wait for all tax buyer’s bids to be collected and are free to leave after their bids have been submitted.  Buyers will immediately receive an email confirmation that their bids were submitted.  Attached to the email will be a copy of the original bid file submitted, and a Processed Bids file that will show what bids were successfully imported into the system.  The bid file may contain parcels that are no longer being offered, so those parcels and bids will not be imported.

We will require only one file be present on the USB Drive.  The file being the bid file for a particular registered buyer and county.  A separate USB Drive is required for each registered buyer and bidder.  Only one file is accepted per buyer physically present and registered for the sale. Buyers are not allowed to submit multiple bid files under the same registration.  Please note, 35 ILCS 200/21-205 states “All bidders are required to personally attend the sale”

We will also require the buyer number assigned by the County to be in the filename for confirmation purposes.  Each registered buyer will receive via email a bid file with an appropriate filename that includes the buyer number.  Please contact Joseph Meyers and Associates with specific questions on file specifications. 

Delinquent Property List (Tax Buyers List).

An electronic version of the delinquency list will be available starting on October 18, 2022 for the cost of $200. Please indicate on registration form if you want to purchase a list.  The list is available from Joseph E. Meyer. Printed copies are no longer available.

Subsequent Taxes

If you intend to pay subsequent taxes prior to the tax sale, they must be paid on or before 5:00 pm October 28, 2022 to allow processing time. Our practice is to only allow payment of subsequent year’s taxes for the current year taxes payable until after certified notices have been produced. Certified notices are normally produced by the fourth Friday in September. Please notify us a day in advance so we can have the list ready. You must visit the Clerk’s office immediately before coming to the Treasurer’s office to receive a list of potential properties that you can buy subsequent taxes on. Using the list provided by the Clerk’s office, please indicate which parcels taxes you are going to pay. Tax buyers are responsible for making sure that subsequent taxes are added to the redemption amount.

Additional Information:

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