Lauderdale County will have its first tax sale on mobile homes in November. Tax collector Stanley Shannon told other government leaders this week that even though state law allows it, the county has been reluctant to pursue it.
"Because if (real) property sells for taxes, you have two years from the date of sale to redeem it. If your mobile home sells, when it goes through, the amount of time you have to redeem it is zero. You don't have not one minute to redeem it," said Shannon.
Shannon says it's obviously to the county's benefit to collect taxes owed, but also to the owners of mobile homes because they can lose the home immediately. He says the county is in a difficult position.
"It seems like our collections are getting slower. We have also used JP (Justice) courts to file suit. We have used collection agencies to try to get the tax money that way," Shannon said.
Shannon said the tax sale planned for November involves delinquent taxes on mobile homes placed on rented lots, not those placed on real property owned by the mobile home owner.