Delinquent Tax Sale Information

The 2018 Boone County Annual Tax Sale was held on October 25, 2018. Here are the statistics from that sale:

Number of real estate parcels offered: 256
Total value offered: $749,208.71
Number of real estate parcels sold to buyers: 242
Total value purchased by buyers: $721,841.62
Number of buyers: 19
Weighted average rate (excluding trustee) 0.30%
Parcel average rate (excluding trustee) 2.14%

2018 Tax Sale Report – Real Estate

2018 Boone County Tax Sale Video (53 minutes)

The next Boone County tax sale is scheduled for October 31, 2019.  Registration fee of $250 must accompany registration.  Click here for a Tax Buyer Registration Form (PDF).

Please be aware that when you purchase at the tax sale, you are purchasing a tax lien certificate for the cost of the outstanding taxes, penalties and fees.  There is no immediate transfer of title to real estate. Purchasing tax lien certificates is a complex legal procedure. It is advised that you contact an attorney, and/or review the Illinois Compiled Statutes prior to participating in a tax sale.

1. When and where will your next tax sale be held?
Boone County typically schedules its annual tax sale on the last Thursday of October at 9:00 am in the County Board room at the Boone County Administration Campus, 1212 Logan Avenue, Belvidere, IL 61008. Upcoming sale dates are posted on the web site as soon as they are scheduled.

2. When and where do you advertise for the sale?
Notice of sale, along with a list of delinquent parcels, will be advertised once in either the Boone County Journal or the Belvidere Daily Republican, three to four weeks prior to the sale.  A copy of the publication will be available on the web site.

3. Can you send me a list of the liens that will be available?
Lists will be available approximately 10 days prior to the sale for a $70 fee. Those who purchase a list will receive an updated version at no charge on the day of the sale.

4. Do I need to register for the sale and is there a fee for this?
State law 35 ILCS 200/21-220 requires all tax buyers to register.  Registrations must include the $250 registration fee and must be received in the Boone County Treasurer’s Office by the registration deadline, two weeks before the tax sale. The registration fee will be applied to your purchases at the sale. It will be refunded if you attend and attempt to bid but do not purchase any tax liens. Your deposit will not be refunded if you do not attend and attempt to bid. A printable registration form (PDF) is available on our web site.

5. What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, personal or business checks, cashier’s checks and money orders. Taxes must be paid immediately after the close of the tax sale.

6. What happens to the liens that are not sold at the tax sale?
All of the liens are sold at the tax sale. Boone County, as trustee for the taxing districts, purchases all tax liens in the absence of other bidders pursuant to 35 ILCS 200/21-90.We do not sell tax liens “over the counter” and do not conduct a scavenger sale.

7. Will the tax sale be final?
Yes.

8. Do you have any sales scheduled after the next one coming up?
The tax sale only occurs once per year.

9. Can I bid without attending (via mail, or a representative)?
The sale is conducted in the traditional open outcry format.  You or your registered representative must be physically present at the sale to bid. You cannot bid via mail.

10. Where do I call for redemption information?
For redemption information, please contact the Boone County Clerk’s office, 815-544-3103.