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www. LovellChronicle.com October 14, 2010 I The Lovell Chronicle I 11 SUSAN PECK It was an exciting moment for little Wil Loyning (pointing) when Nick Loftus squirted water high in the air from his fire truck during a Rocky Mountain Preschool field trip to the Deaver-Frannie Fire Dept. for National Fire Prevention Week last Thursday. Also looking on are Kaitey Christensen (left) and aide Pam Felt. Delinquent sales tax brings investors from all over BY BRENDA TENBOER Fogy-four people reg- istered for the Big Horn County 2009 delinquent tax sale held last month. The annual event draws people, primarily men near- ing retirement age, from around the state and as far away as Minnesota, Wis- consin and California and means complete strang- ers sometimes paying more than $98,750 in back taxes on more than 230 parcels of property. Last year, 44 regis- trants also signed up but the amount of taxes owed was about 25 percent less at $73,504 for 201 parcels. The annual sale means the county gets what it's owed and the nearly four- dozen investors earn a small amount of addition- al income in the form of 15 percent interest from the date of the sale plus a 3-per- cent penalty, according to Big Horn County Treasurer Becky Lindsay. Property owners get behind on paying taxes for any number of reasons; ill- ness in the family, forget- fulness, job loss, she said. Simply paying the back taxes on a parcel, doesn't mean immediate owner- ship, in reality about 99 "if people are wanting to do it for the property - it's probably not going to happen." Big Hrn County Treasurer Becky Lindsay on the delinquent tax sale percent of the time the mortgage holder will pay the taxes if the owner does not, Lindsey said. "If people are wanting to do it for the property, it's probably not going to hap- pen," said Lindsay. "They might as well go to the property owner and make an offer." The day of the auction, the District Courtroom on the second floor of the court- house in Basin was packed not with defendants and ju- rors but with investors. The tax sale software randomly assigns numbers to properties and for the best return on investments, registrants hope for their number to come up on the property with the highest amount of tax owed. Jerry Newmeyer of Casper is retired but has been attending tax sales across the state for a long time. In Big Horn County last month, Newmeyer got six properties for $1,800. Jim Scott of Lander said he has been doing this for 12 years and learned a great deal about the pro- cess from Newmeyer. This year, Scott got five proper- ties for $1,400. "It's going to be this way ufftil Obama gets out of of- rice," Scott predicted about the increase in taxes owed. Bill and Chris Dietrich of San Diego, Calif., incor- porated the tax sale into their family vacation. "We're here on a sight- seeing tour. We spent two nights in Cody and then went on to Yellowstone," he said. "We got seven proper- ties all together for a total of $1,300, but we didn't get the property we wanted." Lindsay said the days of investors being able to se- lect the property they want to pay taxes on and have a chance of owning after the tedious four-year paper- work process are gone. "Twenty years ago we had two people come in here and they could pick the ones they wanted," she said. The county would be- come the lien holder for the remainder of the back taxes and took ownership of some of those properties decades ago. Today that doesn't hap- pen. "The interest rates went from about 7 percent in the 80s to 15 percent," she said. Once the rightful prop- erty owner pays the back taxes and penalty to the treasurer's office, the lien is released and the investor is repaid with interest. Sometimes the proper- ty owner pays interest for years, while other times "the check beats them home," she said. Lindsay said owners have until 5 p.m. at the close of the business day before the sale to make payment. "We've had people come in that morning and want to pay, but it's too late then and they have to pay the penalty," she said. CONSIDERING A VASECTOMY? Why not have it done by the only board certified urologist located full time in the basin? DN. GREGORY STEWART UROLOGICAL SERVICES OF NORTHERN WYOMING PC Specializing in the "no needle/no scapel technique." 15 minute office procedure. Frequently done on Friday with the possibility of back to light-duty work on Monday. Dr. Gregory Stewart Vasectomy reverals also available at competitive pncing. Clinics held in Poweli , Basin - Big Horn Clinic • Greybuli - Midway Clinic Thermopolis - Hot Springs Co. Memorial Hospital. VA patients accepted with prior approval. 225 W. YELLOWSTONE Ave., SUITe 9 • CODY, To schedule an appointment please call 307-587-5131 - Lovell ::,Rod::& Gun g ..... TUesday, Oct. 19, 2010 Trap house will be open ot 5 p.m. for shooting. g (]bout 7:30 p.m. or when it's d(]rk. All interested members invited to (]fiend. y, Oct. 22 4-8 pm Saturday, Oct. 23 9 am - 2 pm Lovell National Guard Armory 360 E. 5th Street, LovelI,Wyoming Concessions provided by the United Methodist Women Craft Fmr sponsored by the Lovell Civic Action Group Please vote to continue the additional 3 mills levy for North Big Horn Hospital. Vote YES to continue North Big Horn Hospital District Tax "Shall the North Big Horn Hospital District be authorized to levy an additional 3 mills as provided by W. S. 35-2-414 for a period not to exceed four (4) years, to provide sufficient funds for the continued operation of the hospital and nursing home? 1115 Lane 12 • 548-5200 Paid by 3 Mill Levy Action Committee Kenny answered 11 questions correctly in our online Rocky Mountain Middle/High School quiz! Wear your Grizz shirt proudly! TAYLOR WRITE HAYNES IT IN! 2010 G OV E R N O R o, ,.., THE MOST CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE • Individual Rights • Wyoming • Property Rights Economy • Gun Rights • Education • Jobs • Sanctity of Life TOWN HALL PUBLIC MEETING Monday, Oct. 18th • 5-8 p.m. Park County Library - Grizzly Room 1500 Heart Mtn. Street, Cody, WY www. haynesforgovernor, cam Paid for by Jim and Martie Clark e have all you need for a hot meal or picnic! Red Featurin OhesterFried and WondeRoast Chicken! Open: 8 am - 8 pm Mon.-Sat. • 9 am - 6 pm Sunday. 9 E, Main • Lovell MINCHOW'S FOOD COURT 353 E. Main • Lovell • 548-7979 OPEN 11 am - 9 pm Mon.-Thura. • Fri. & Sat. 11 am - 10 pm • Sunday 11 am - 8 pm RED EA6LE FOOD STORES QUALITY E)yON GAS FOR LESS 548-7246" West End of Lovell :: NORTH BIG HORN SENIORcENTER 757 Great Western Ave., L0vell M-F, 12 NOON TO 1:00 PM, No reservations required 60 + just $2.50 Non Seniors $4.75 Enjoy Delicious, Appetizing Meals ’_AUC-IkSIkN DINER Call 548-2781 to take out or cater your events or parties! ASIAN COMBOS Fr. $4.99 I AMERICAN CLASSIC COMBOS Served w/rice & pans, noodles + I Sirloin Steaks 8.99 • Bacon & Eggs 3.99 Beef-Chicken-Pork-Shrimp entrees Burgers, Salads, Kids Meals, etc. Friday, October 15 Rocky Mountain High School Homecoming Wednesday, October 20 Bulldog Booster Club meeting, 5 p.m., Big Horn Federal Hospitality Room. Thursday, October 21 Veterans' federal and state benefits assistance, Lovell Senior Citizens Center, 11 a.m. -4 p.m. Contact Gerald Swan at 307-250-3890. October 22 & 23 Holiday Craft Fair, Lovell National Guard Armory, Fri., 4 - 8 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m. - 2 p.m BHC School District No. 1 Board, 2nd Thursday, RMES, 8 pm BHC School District No. 2 Board (Lovell), 2ndMonday, board room, 7 p.m. BHC Treasurer at County Annex, 1st and 3rd Thursday each month, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Big Ham Basin chapter of Gold Prospectors Association of America, Skyline Care in Powell, 2nd Tuesday, 7 pm., 754-5921. Big Horn County 4-H Leader's Council, 1st Monday, Extension Office on Hwy 310, 6:30 p.m. Big Horn County Weed and Pest monthly board meeting, 2nd Tuesday, 1 pro., W&P office at 4782 Hwy. 310, Greybull. Byron Lions Club, 548-7543. Cancer Support Group, 3rd Thursday, 7 pro., NHCC multi-purpose room. Cowley Riding Club, 3rdMonday, 7 p.m., 307-664-2235. Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting, 3rd Monday, noon, Lange's Kitchen Lovell Bulldog Booster Club, 3rd Wednesday, Big Horn Federal Hos- pitality Room, 7 pro. Lovell Library Story Time, every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Lovell Riders, Inc. meeting, 2nd Thursday, Big Ham Federal, 7 pm., 548-6192 Lovell Town Council, 2rid Tuesday, Town Hall, 7 p.m. Lovell Woman's Club, 2nd Wednesday, Big Horn Federal Hospitality Room, 1 p.m. Contact Deanna Wagner, 548-7793. Narcotics Anonomous, Mondays at Big Ham Federal at 7 pro, contact Permillia, 272-8384 North Big Horn County Health Coalition, 3rd Tuesday, noon, rotating locations, 548-6410 Ostomy Support Group meeting, 2nd Tuesday, 6 - 8 p.m., North Fork room, West Park Hospital in Cody Plndroppars Quilt Club, 4th Thursday, 7 p.m., Mayes Fabric, 406-788- 9689. TOPS @ WY169, every Thursday, St. John's Episcopal Church base- ment in Powell, 6 p.m. 664-2394 TrI-Mountsln View Masonic Lodge, 2nd Thursday, dinner 6:30 p.m, lodge meeting 7:30 p.m. WyDOT Driver Licensing Facility open in Lovell every Tuesday, 9:30 am. to 4 pm. Sponsored by