Tax-forfeited properties are those for which delinquent property taxes were not paid, and title to the land and buildings was forfeited to the State of Minnesota. Following a review period these properties are made available to the public for purchase; however certain properties are not salable and remain vested to the State of Minnesota.
Mille Lacs County administers tax-forfeited properties through the Auditor-Treasurer’s Office, County Board of Commissioners, and Environmental Resources:
- Auditor-Treasurer’s Office: The Auditor-Treasurer’s Office is responsible for conducting the forfeiture process and managing related fiscal matters as outlined in Minnesota Statutes, Chapters 279 - 281.
- County Board of Commissioners: The County Board of Commissioners is responsible for setting values, designating properties for conservation purposes, and other policy decisions related to tax-forfeited properties.
- Environmental Resources: Environmental Resources is responsible for the day-to-day management and administration of tax-forfeited properties, including tax-forfeited property sales, as outlined in Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 282.
Tax-Forfeited Property Sales
Tax-forfeited properties are sold at public auction periodically as salable parcels become available. If a property does not sell at auction it may be available over-the-counter on a first come, first served bases.
Land sale #61 is currently live on publicsurplus.com. The auction began on October 7, 2020; prospective purchasers will be able to view and bid on properties for 28 days after the auction begins. Properties that are not sold during the auction will become available for purchase at the Auditor-Treasurer's Office for the basic sale price.