On September 1, Fond du Lac County issues a Tax Certificate, which includes all parcels of real property included in the tax roll for which real property taxes, special assessments, and special charges remain unpaid at the close of business on August 31. Notice of Issuance of Tax Certificates are mailed by the County Treasurer to each owner of record, as shown in the tax roll of property included in the certificate, that remains unpaid as of the date the notice is mailed. Two years after the Issuance of the tax certificate the county is entitled to start foreclosure of tax lien by “Tax Deed” or “In Rem”.
Fond du Lac County uses the “In Rem” process to foreclose on properties with delinquent taxes. Certified letters notifying of the imminent foreclosure are mailed to all parties with an interest in the property, including the owner, lenders and other entities that have a lien on the property.
A hearing is held at which time judgment is granted to Fond du Lac County. Minimum bid amounts are determined by the Finance, Personnel and Economic Development Committee. A Legal Notice of Sale is published in the local newspaper, posted online and at the office of the County Treasurer.
Sealed bids are accepted at the office of the County Treasurer until the date and time indicated in the Legal Notice of Sale. In accordance with Wisconsin Statute 75.69, no bid will be considered for less than the advertised minimum bid amount.
The County reserves the right to reject any and all bids, or accept the bid most advantageous to Fond du Lac County. All bids are subject to final acceptance by the Fond du Lac County Finance, Personnel and Economic Development Committee.