County tax sales are held to collect unpaid real estate taxes. The Chief Counsel of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/ Kansas City, Kansas is required by Kansas Law to institute an action in the District Court against the owners and persons having or claiming an interest in real property upon which taxes have not been paid for three or more years. The action in District Court, which takes the form of a petition, asks the District Court to determine the amount of taxes, charges, interest and penalties charged to each piece of property to be included in the sale, and that the Court decree the amount due to be a first and prior lien upon the real estate and that the property be sold at a public sale to satisfy the lien.
This is not meant to be a complete statement of the law regarding tax foreclosures nor is anything in these instructions meant to be legal advice. If you need legal advice in regards to any purchase or bid that you make at the tax sale, you should hire an attorney.