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HANCOCK COUNTY — Want to own a parking lot in downtown Shirley?

With a minimum bid of $73 and a few legal hoops to jump through, it could be yours.

Hancock County officials will have a certificate sale April 3 in an effort to get properties with delinquent taxes back on the property tax rolls.

Called a commissioners certificate sale, the event will have nearly a dozen properties up for sale with a minimum bid of 10 percent the taxes owed on the property. Minimum bids will range from $15 to $1,083.

Because the property owners owe property taxes, county commissioners obtain the certificate of the property. If the owner wants to get the property out of the sale, they may pay the full price of the taxes owed either before the sale or within 120 days of the sale. Otherwise, anyone can bid on the property and go through the legal paperwork to obtain the deed.

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