Public Auction & Sale of Surplus Property
The McLean County Treasurer's Office, and the McLean County Board in conjunction with the County's Delinquent Tax Agent conduct an annual Auction of Surplus Real Property. These items are the by-product of the County's Tax Collection Program. This Tax Collection Program consists of the County Tax Agent purchasing unsold tax certificates at the annual tax sale. The tax agent then holds the certificates for the thirty-month redemption period. The County Tax Agent petitions the Circuit Court for a tax deed on the unredeemed tax certificates. Upon receiving the tax deed for a parcel, the County Tax Agent then holds the deed until it can be offered for public sale at the Auction of Surplus Real Property. The current County Tax Agent is Joseph E. Meyer & Associates.
The parcels are sold to the highest bidder with the County giving a quit claim deed to the winning bidder. The purpose of the sale is to return the property to someone with an interest in owning the property and paying the taxes. The proceeds from the sale are distributed to the taxing districts.
Properties not sold at the Auction are available for purchase at the minimum bid plus cost for 90 days after the auction date. Please contact the County Delinquent Tax Agent at (800) 248-2850 or (618) 656-5744 for a list and to find out further information about purchasing unsold properties. You may also go directly to their website at Tax Agents.
Catalogs of properties being offered for sale will be available approximately one month before the sale date. Click on auction details below for upcoming sale date announcements. Surplus Auction Catalogs are available in the office for $5.00. Real Estate and Mobile Home Parcel list is available through the purchase of a catalog. A copy of the Auction Catalog will be available for public inspection in the Treasurer's Office from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday thru Friday at 115 E. Washington Street, Bloomington, IL approximately one month before the sale date. After the sale date, contact the County Tax Agent. The Deadline to submit bids is September 4, 2020.
Questions about this program may be directed to the McLean County Treasurer's office at (309) 888-5180.