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54:5-114.2  Sale of certificate of tax sale, liens by municipality.

1.  The governing body of any municipality may sell any certificate of tax sale including all subsequent municipal liens held by such municipality by one of the following methods:

(a) At public sale to the highest bidder.  Such sale shall be held after public notice of the time and place stating the description of the several lots and parcels of land covered by the certificate of sale, and the name of the owner of the land as contained in the collector's list, together with the total amount required for redemption including interest and costs to the date of sale and the amount of subsequent liens with interest, and stating in substance that the respective certificates of sale, including subsequent municipal liens will be sold to the highest bidder at said public sale subject to confirmation by the governing body at its next regular meeting after the sale. Copies of the notice shall be set up in five of the most public places in the municipality, and a copy of the notice shall be published in a newspaper circulating in the municipality once in each of two calendar weeks preceding the calendar week containing the day appointed for the sale.  When the owner's name appears on the list and his post-office address is known, the collector shall mail to him at that address, postage prepaid, a copy of the notice, but failure to mail the notice shall not invalidate any proceedings hereunder.  Such public sale may be adjourned once for a period not exceeding one month without readvertising; or

(b) The governing body may from time to time determine by resolution the certificates of tax sale including all subsequent liens held by such municipality which such municipality deems advisable to sell for an amount lower than the total amount due, together with interest and costs on the certificate of sale.  After such determination the municipality shall give public notice set up in five of the most public places in such municipality, stating the description of the several lots and parcels of land covered by such certificate of sale and subsequent municipal liens and the name of the owner of the land as contained in the collector's list, together with the total amount required for redemption including all subsequent municipal liens with interest and costs and stating in substance that the municipality will receive bids for any such certificate of tax sale and subsequent municipal liens, even though such bid be less than the total amount due on such certificate of tax sale including all subsequent liens plus interests and costs. Upon the receipt of any bid which the governing body may be inclined to accept, the governing body shall give public notice setting forth the amount of the bid for the certificate of tax sale including subsequent municipal liens together with interest and costs, the description of the several lots and parcels of land covered by such certificate of sale and subsequent municipal liens, the name of the owner of the land as contained in the collector's list and also the total amount which would otherwise be required for redemption to the date of proposed sale and stating in substance that the governing body will accept or reject such bid at a regular meeting of the governing body and setting forth the place, time and date of such regular meeting.  A copy of this last-mentioned public notice shall be published in a newspaper circulating in the municipality at least once in the week preceding the date set for the regular meeting of the governing body at which meeting such bid will be passed on.  When the owner's name appears in the list and his post-office address is known, the collector shall mail to him at that address, postage prepaid, a copy of this last-mentioned notice, but failure to mail the notice, shall not invalidate any proceeding hereunder.  At the regular meeting of the governing body, as contained in said notice, the governing body may accept or reject any such bid as contained in such notice or may at such meeting accept or reject any higher bid which may then be made by any person for said certificate of sale, including subsequent municipal liens.

Any and all assignments of a tax sale certificate purchased pursuant to this section shall be promptly recorded in the office of the county clerk or register of deeds, as the case may be, of the county wherein the real property is situate, and a photocopy of the recorded assignment shall be served upon the local tax collector by certified mail, return receipt requested.  When assignments have not been recorded and served upon the tax collector, the tax collector and the municipality shall be held harmless for the payment of any redemption amounts to the holder of the tax sale certificate as appears on the records of the tax collector.

L.1943,c.149,s.1;  amended 1997, c.190, s.11.