FARMINGTON -- Eighteen properties in Davis County are up for auction at this year's May delinquent tax sale -- two homes, one commercial piece and 15 vacant land parcels.
But that total is significantly down from the 202 properties in the county that originally were listed as being delinquent since 2008, said Davis County officials.
The delinquent tax sale will be held at 10 a.m. today in Room 131 of the new Davis County Administration Building, 61 S. Main St., Farmington.
The tax amounts owed on this year's list of delinquent properties, five years or more tax-delinquent, range from hundreds to thousands of dollars, said Cheri Mayer, with the Davis County Tax Administration Office.
Mayer said it is hoped that by the time today's auction begins, the taxes owed on the two homes will be made current and those properties removed from the list.
Davis County Commissioner John Petroff Jr. said, "It is one of the first things I noticed in coming (into office), was the concern over someone losing their home."
None of the properties up for bid are larger than an acre in size, Mayer said.
The properties being sold are mainly strips or chunks of property that are remnants of a larger development project.
This year, originally 202 properties in the county were five years delinquent, Mayer said, compared to 178 properties originally listed as delinquent in 2012.
But the slight increase in the number of original delinquent properties appearing on the list this year did not surprise officials, where this year's tax-delinquent properties are from 2008, or what officials referred to as "the first wave of the down market."
Many landowners responded early on by coming into the county offices and bringing their taxes current on their properties, Mayer said, which could be a signal the economy is improving.
"We want this to be a tiny sale," Davis County Commissioner Louenda Downs said of the importance of the county working to try to pare down the list.
Davis County Deputy Attorney Neal Geddes credited county staff for working diligently to contact landowners who were five years delinquent on their taxes.
Some of those efforts included county employees making door-to-door contact with the late-payers, officials said.
Any parcel sold at today's auction will come with no warranty, meaning the property could contain easements or could be deemed undevelopable as a result of zoning or soil issues, said Davis County Tax Administration Director Dale Peterson.
"It is a 'buyer beware' sale," Mayer said.