42-18303. Auction and sale of land held by state under tax deed; disposition of proceeds

A. After advertisement, pursuant to section 42-18302, the board of supervisors may sell the real property in the county held by the state by tax deed to the highest bidder for cash except as provided in subsections E and F of this section. The property may also be posted on the treasurer's website. The sale may include a live auction or an online bidding process in which the board receives bids electronically over the internet in a real-time, competitive bidding event.

B. On selling the property the board shall execute and deliver to the purchaser, at the purchaser's cost, a deed conveying the title of the state in and to the parcel purchased. The deed shall be acknowledged by the chairman and clerk of the board.

C. The purchase money shall be paid to the county treasurer. After deducting and distributing interest, penalties, fees and costs charged against the parcel, the treasurer shall apportion the remainder to the funds of the various taxing authorities in proportion to their current share of the taxes charged against real property.

D. If the property is not sold before the time for the next succeeding notice of sale, the board may omit it from the notice.

E. The board of supervisors may accept an offer from, and sell real property held by this state by tax deed to, the county or a city, town or special taxing district in the county for a public purpose related to transportation or flood control. The board of supervisors shall convey the deed and apportion the monies received in the transaction in the manner prescribed by this section.

F. The board of supervisors may sell real property in the county held by the state by tax deed to the owner of contiguous real property that is used for residential purposes, and the board may accept an offer by the contiguous owner to purchase the property, if both of the following conditions apply:

1. Both the property offered for sale and the contiguous property were at one time under common ownership, or the property offered for sale is part of a common area maintained by a homeowners' association as determined by the county assessor.

2. The property offered for sale cannot be separately used for residential purposes pursuant to applicable building codes and ordinances of the jurisdiction in which the property is located due to its size, configuration or recorded common area restrictions.

G. If an offer under subsection E or F of this section is pending at the time of the auction under this section, the board of supervisors shall remove the property from the auction.

H. Subsection F of this section does not apply if there is more than one contiguous parcel of property that meets the requirements prescribed by subsection F of this section.