Decrepit Bank Highlights Pitfalls of Tax Sale System – JORDAN VANDENBERGE – TriState

It is just one of more than 600 properties that are up for sale at Vanderburgh County’s annual tax sale. But a century old building on Evansville’s west side is emblematic of what some describe as a broken system.

Built in the early 1900s, the former Howell Mortage Bank at 3000 Broadway Avenue has been a frequent flyer on the county’s tax sale list. According to property records, it has gone unsold at the annual tax sale every year since at least 2013. It has had five different owners — many of whom are limited liability companies — in the past decade.

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Indiana Officials Seek Tax Sale Reforms – INDYStar – Brian Eason

State lawmakers and local officials in both parties told The Star they will push for major reforms to reduce the county tax sale system’s effects on urban blight.

It’s not yet clear what shape the reforms might take — or whether the entrenched resistance that has stymied ambitious reforms in the past can be overcome.

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Declining Neighborhoods: Indy’s Auction Block – – Indy Star – – Brian Eason

It’s been 11 years since Minnie Crawford died — and at least five years since anyone kept up with the taxes on her Near-Northside Indianapolis home.

In Crawford’s absence, Mother Nature moved in. On a sunny morning in late May, the weeds behind 1909 Cornell Ave. could reach the chest of a grown man. The roof’s remaining asphalt shingles were warped. Ivy blanketed the rotting siding.

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