Let’s Fix That Tax Sale-Stories To TellBy George LumleyA big problem with thriving neighborhoods starts with that one vacant house or grown up lot. When there are other alternatives, why rent or buy close to a mess – unless you like messes. And that is why a street soon becomes lined with vacant houses for sale or rent that no one wants.I decided to help keep Evansville beautiful by starting a land bank. That is right. Looks easy enough. Just get title to properties and then hold them. That is land banking. My land banking operation will be more costly than some because I will pay taxes on the properties. That is the best kind of land bank, one that pays taxes. I could form a nonprofit and avoid the taxes, but I want to be on the same level with all the other private free enterprise land bankers in Evansville, and promote more of them.Many of the abandoned unkempt lots that the city fails to maintain (because the fees generated are diverted to other uses instead of actually mowing lots) go to the tax sale. I hear that is the best place to get title to lots that no one realizes they want. So it was off to the tax sale.Following the “auction today” arrows just a few miles down the road and into an office area with a meeting room about the size of a school classroom on one side, I had arrived. There was a screen and table setup in the front and about thirty chairs facing it. My first thought was –something is not right-. Things were not jiving. I had been out and about knocking on doors pretending to be electioneering for the Mayor but was really working undercover to find out what people thought about the vacant houses and lots. My reconnaissance indicated that there were many people that wanted the lots, would own the lots, maintain the lots, and even pay taxes on the lots. Maybe I was wrong and the City was correct that “nobody” wanted the lots and a tax funded land bank was necessary. At least it did not look like they were prepared for very many bidders.Signing up was easy. I just had to provide my driver’s license, and print and sign my name on a form that said I had never had any property tax delinquency issues. Now that form is something new. Contrary to the propaganda promoting the costly, secretive, Brownfields tax funded land bank/land control proposal that not much has changed in the tax sale process – this is one of those changes. The perpetual offenders that let properties go back can no longer buy them.I moved across the room looking for a place to sit and noticed a doorway into a large gymnasium size room full of chairs with a few people milling around. As a lady was passing I asked if the auction was in the classroom or the gymnasium. She pointed to the big room saying auction and then the other setup, indicating that people would wait there for processing the paperwork after finishing their purchases. Hmm, lots of room for a big crowd. I wonder how many will be interested in these properties no one wants.Moving into the almost vacant sale room I spotted a familiar face. Pastor Steve Ary was sitting 2nd row center. I had visited Pastor Steve last week to look at the tax sale property he bought direct from the Commissioner for $1.00. That a story for another day. I took a seat beside the Pastor and got comfortable with my surroundings as people started streaming in. My camera crew showed up and were able to sit right in front of me. Yes there will be video productions.People just kept coming in. It was time for the auction to start but there seemed to be a delay. There were a few seats left but people started filling the standing room area. An announcement was made that the delay was because there was a line getting people signed up. A lot of people must want the same property. Auctions can be fun, maybe people came to be entertained and are not really interested in bidding.I know three people were looking for the same property: A Mother and son to my front left and their attorney sitting on my right. Yep, I was sandwiched between a preacher and an attorney. (?) But the bigger story is the Mother had an installment contract on the house and the owner did not pay the taxes. Now the county owns it. Common, but this story has a twist you will not believe. I was glad they had an attorney with them until he started asking what the auctioneer was saying between the bids. I explained that when an auctioneer begins their career they use real words to learn there “rant” or “cattle call” and that with experience they slur it into a rhyme of babble that cannot be deciphered. Only the auctioneer knows the word he started with. The auctioneers even get together and have contests on who can guess what the babble started out as. I think he believed me.When the lady’s former property came up for bid they stood together and watched it sell. I anticipated them to bid but they did not. I spoke to them later and tried to offer a little comfort while it appeared the attorney was dealing with the purchaser.Although there are some sad stories to tell, there were plenty of people delighted with their purchases. Especially the ones that were able to buy the vacant lot beside their house. I had a great time and now have firsthand knowledge on how to relieve some of the problems to make the tax sale process better for everyone. There were a few properties that no one came prepared to buy. The auctioneer, being an expert in his trade, was able to use his babble to coax bidders to buy lots they Knew absolutely nothing about for as little as one dollar. I will be telling the one dollar story along with at least a half dozen more. I told my editor that I went there to report the news but actually ended up making the news. Watch for follow up stories.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Tweet In addition all players selected for national trials should be at Lindo Park tonight (Monday) at 6.00pm. Share Saturday GamesGame -1 – Element Agency Ole Skool was no match for T.F Grand Fond Ballers losing by 19 points . The final score was T.F Grand Fond Ballers 64 points to Element Agency Ole Skool 45 points. Top scoring for Ballers were Irsam Prince 17 points, Kemon Cuffy 13 points and Shane George 12 points and for Ole Skool Julien 14 points and Peter Letang 10 points.Dr. Mac Prowlers. Photo credit: Mickey Joseph.Game 2 – The No Look team and Garth Joseph suffered another disappointing loss when they went down to Dr. Mac Prowlers of Trafalgar in the Domlec Premier Division 64 points to 55 points. A game high 22 points from Garth Joseph could not stop the growing confidence of Prowlers in the second half after being down 11 points in the first half. Prowlers held the No Look team to only 15 points in the second half while scoring 31 points to win the game by 9 points. Top scoring for Prowlers were Fitzgerald Daniel 14 points and Junior Aisles 11 points and Garth Joseph 22 points and Bernard Mills 9 points for NO Look. Game 3 – Marigot Sonics failed to show up for the start of game resulting in a forfeit and points being awarded to Dragon Stout Pros of Grand Bay. Sharing is caring! Share No Look players. Photo credit: Mickey JosephThe following are the results of games which were played in the Lime National Basketball League over the weekend; NewsSports Results of Games played in The Lime National Basketball League by: – June 20, 2011 25 Views no discussions The game’s continued on Sunday in Paix Bouche with one game between Ian Douglas Patriots and Northern Stars Chargers of Bense. The final score of the game was Ian Douglas Patriots 61 points to Northern Stars Chargers 60 points. Top scoring for Patriots were Regillio Cissee 18 points, Marlon Hilaire 15 points and Bertise Jeffers 12 points while Kareem Fabien 23 points and Lester Mathew 12 points for Chargers. Share Mickey Joseph
After arriving, the residents were brought to the coliseum to undergo reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test for COVID-19.“They were not allowed to leave unless their respective local government units (LGUs) picked them up,” Diaz said. BACOLOD City – Some 213 residents of Negros Occidental returned home from Cebu which is under strict health protocols due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Diaz added that Provincial Health Office personnel had been deployed to set up stations at the Escalante City Coliseum to collect swab samples from arriving locally stranded individuals (LSIs). The Negrenses came home onboard four vessels that docked at the Danao port in Escalante City on June 18.They were allowed to travel after Escalante City Mayor Melecio Yap Jr. coordinated with Tabuelan town Mayor Raul Gerona, who issued an executive order banning ferries bound for Negros and Iloilo to leave Cebu by way of Tabuelan port starting Wednesday. Meals were provided for locally-stranded individuals who returned in the province from Cebu on June 18. After arriving at the Danao port in Escalante City, the residents were brought to the city coliseum for swab testing. NEGOCC-PROVINCIAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM DIVISION The provincial government has imposed stricter rules for LSIs from the island of Cebu, particularly Cebu City, which has the highest COVID-19 cases in the country.In Executive Order 20-26, Lacson said Negrenses coming from Cebu would be allowed to enter this province only through the Danao port while the admission of LSIs depends on the capacity of the isolation facility in Cadiz City.(With a report from PNA/PN) Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz II said Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson directed Yap to coordinate with Gerona.
SEVEN male teams and two female sides will clash on Sunday in a volleyball extravaganza and fun day, as the National Milling Company of Guyana Inc. (NAMILCO) celebrates its 50th anniversary.The Independence Day battle, organised by the Berbice Volleyball Association (BVA), serves off at 09:00hrs at the Albion Estate Sports Complex and teams will battle for trophies, medals and other incentives.Among the teams scheduled to participate are Rollers, #52 Survivals, #47 Challengers, Port Mourant Training Centre (PMTC), Three Doors Strikers, Black Bush and Port Mourant females.In April, when the BVA teams last battled, the (PMTC) ‘A’ team and the Port Mourant females were crowned champions of the BVA ‘B’ division.Eight male teams (Number 52 Survivors, PMTC ‘A’, PMTC ‘B’, Rollers, Black Bush Polder Gemini, D’Edward Three Doors Strikers, Number 47 Challengers and Castrol Strikers) and two female teams (Port Mourant females and Castrol Strikers) had taken part in that competition, which was held at the GUYSUCO Apprentice Hostel compound.
Consistency is an idea that seems to have thwarted the Wisconsin men’s hockey team this season.Heading into this weekend’s series at North Dakota, the Badgers were on a 5-1 roll and could not have appeared more confident about their game. But as Wisconsin’s road woes continued, the team returned home without any points on the weekend – something it vitally needed in the hope of hosting the first round of the WCHA playoffs.While a 5-3 loss Friday night and a 4-2 loss Saturday night simply didn’t add up to the success UW was searching for, the series certainly had its positive moments – along with its downright abysmal aspects.The GoodDespite UND’s nine goals this weekend – one of which was an empty-netter – freshman goaltender Joel Rumpel continued to show exactly why he’s become head coach Mike Eaves’ No. 1 guy.Adding to his 20 saves Friday night, Rumpel staved off 37 shots Saturday night for a weekend total of 57 saves.But even as Rumpel was unable to stop the puck on occasion, the Badgers were able to hang in with UND for the majority of the game, both nights.Friday night, North Dakota capitalized early, going up 2-0 before five minutes had even gone by. But sophomore forwards Michael Mersch and Keegan Meuer evened the tally at two all before the first intermission. The second period followed suit, and the game entered the third period tied 3-3 with the looming feeling that whoever would score first would go home with the victory.And that’s exactly what happened – but not until under two minutes were left in the game.At the 18:06 mark, UND’s Stephane Pattyn scored his first goal of the season – on his 21st birthday no less–to give his team the lead. The Badgers would skate with an empty net in the attempt to push things into overtime. But junior forward Brock Nelson would dribble in an empty-netter, giving North Dakota the 5-3 win.Saturday night was a similar affair, as UND took a 1-0 lead with one minute left in the first period, only to see things tied up 10 seconds later by yet another Keegan Meuer goal.The trend would continue through the second, until North Dakota took a 3-2 lead with five minutes left till the second intermission and wouldn’t let it go.The Badgers stayed resilient, they found ways to score and ultimately created opportunities give them a chance to win.“We did a lot of good things, but not enough to get us wins, and that’s the final measuring line,” Eaves told the Wisconsin State Journal’s Andy Baggot.The BadWhile they found ways to score and stayed resilient, the Badgers simply didn’t stay consistent.On Friday night the Badgers’ starting line, which contains their best players – defensemen Justin Schultz and Frankie Simonelli, and forwards Joseph LaBate, Mark Zengerle and Tyler Barnes – all ended at least minus-1 on the night. Zengerle, their top offensive power, finished minus-2.The main reason: The Badgers weren’t generating enough shots on net consistently and seemed to try and rush things, making poor decisions – which ended in costly turnovers.Through the first two periods, Wisconsin had 14 shots on goal to North Dakota’s 16. In the third, UW only managed a miniscule three shots on goal to UND’s nine.Saturday night, North Dakota’s offense was cruising with a total of 41 shots on goal. Wisconsin only managed about half of that with 22. North Dakota’s defense wasn’t extremely overwhelming; the Badgers just simply weren’t making consistently smart, mature decisions with the puck.Earlier in the week, Eaves spoke about needing to see his team continue to mature and to stay disciplined.In Wisconsin’s last two conference series – last weekend against Alaska-Anchorage and the weekend before at Minnesota State – the Badgers averaged 4.5 penalties per game, for an average of nine minutes in the sin bin.At UND, UW took six penalties each night, skating a man down for 12 minutes in each game.The Straight-up AtrociousThose minutes in the penalty box led to one of UW’s weakest special team’s performances this season.Wisconsin struggled on the penalty kill, which consistently gave North Dakota momentum. North Dakota had nine power plays on the weekend and managed to capitalize on three of them.The Badgers on the other hand, only notched one power play goal on seven opportunities.Overall this season, the Badgers are 75.5 percent on the penalty kill – worst in the WCHA.While that certainly needs improvement, the Badgers are an abysmal 21.1 percent on the power play – No. 9 in the WCHA (hmm fancy that, Wisconsin sits in ninth place in the conference standings too).Wisconsin has to stay as resilient offensively as it was this weekend, but it will not make it far into the post season if it’s special teams play doesn’t improve.The road series undoubtedly took a toll on the Badgers post-season hopes for home ice, but they remain confident that they can still pull things together, as Meuer explained to Baggot after Saturday night’s game.“It may derail our goal of home ice for the playoffs, but it’s not going to derail the season.”Kelly is a junior majoring in journalism. Think the Badgers still have a shot at making something more out of their season? Send her a tweet @kellymerickson.