Unusual auction; Homeowner pays taxes at last minute to save house


The owners of a large house in Carson City stopped paying taxes years ago. So the nearly $800,000 house was headed to the auction block. The opening bid was to start at $31,173.90, the amount of unpaid taxes and fines.

"We haven't received any taxes since 2014," said Gayle Robertson, the Carson City Treasurer.

The house is 5,300 square feet. It's nestled near the mountains, up the street from the golf course in the affluent Silver Pak Neighborhood.

"I'm shocked. I'm shocked. We've been inside. It's a beautiful home. It's three stories, has an incredible basement," said neighbor Jaime Hutchison.

The Carson City Treasurer said her office sent letters trying to get the homeowners to pay. Robertson said the couple lives in Kansas. After three years of unpaid taxes, the Treasurer said a property can go to auction.

"We're not looking forward to doing this by any means, somebody is losing their home," Robertson said.

In a new development Wednesday afternoon, the Carson City Treasurer's Office Deputy Treasurer said the sale was off. The homeowner paid the back-taxes and is able to keep the house.

Home or property auctions are rare for Carson City. This is only one of five over the past 25 years.

"For Carson City it's very uncommon. I believe the last one was in 2014 and it was just vacant land," Robertson said.

A mobile home is still set to be auctioned at 10 A.M. on Friday, April 27th. The Treasurer said the woman who lived there passed away. The estimated opening bid is $5,761.06.

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