Personal notice vs public notice

The Monroe County Treasurer sent letters June 27 to Indiana tax-delinquent property owners telling them they had until July 13 to make good on their bills.  There were 117 of nearly 400 who responded.

Unfortunately, this timetable is at odds with the county auditor’s office understanding of the law.   The auditors office published on August 22, per public notice requirements, a list of all properties to be sold October 3 for delinquent tax bills, and 117 of those listed believed they had made good faith efforts to avoid the sale by making at least partial payment by the July 13 due date.

Which dates and notification are valid — the personal notification to the property owner from the treasurer’s office with a July 13 window, or the public notice listing in the classified ads by the auditor’s office with closure on June 29, the last business day before July 1?

This sounds like one for the books.


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