March 9th, 2018
(BOSSIER CITY, LA) – The City of Bossier has launched a new project in an effort to sell adjudicated property online.
After five years of no payment of property taxes to a city or parish, a property becomes adjudicated. The city or parish then becomes responsible for the upkeep and security of the property.
“Primarily most of our adjudicated property falling in the five or more a year category are vacant lots. And we spent probably $335,000-$340,000 a year and just maintaining those properties,” said Pam Glorioso, Chief Administration Officer in Bossier City.
With the sale of the properties, the city will not have the expense of maintaining the mostly vacant lots. It will ultimately put them back into commerce. Tax dollars will flow back into the city, because someone would then own that property. The new owner would maintain it as a private property and pay property taxes.
The city has contracted a company called Civic Source to sell the real estate online. The city is now preparing to launch that service which is set to roll out this Fall in about 6 to 8 months.
The company’s primary objective is to look at the title of the property then see if it’s a marketable property. At that point the lot can be put up for sale. This company can also write title insurance to the new purchaser to ensure they do have a good title.
Bossier Parish Police Jury also uses Civic Source and they have been successful in using it to sell properties for the parish.