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Kittitas (pronounced 'kit-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
This list is made up of properties the County has acquired through the foreclosure process.
The interested party obtains an
Application for Resale of Tax Title Property
from the Treasurer's Office.
The interested party returns the completed Application and a
$75.00 deposit to cover advertising costs to the Treasurer's Office.
The Treasurer's Office receipts the $75.00 deposit and submits
the Application to the County Commissioners for a decision on
whether it is in best interests of the County to sell the property.
The Commissioners will determine if they can dispose of the tax
title property without bids according to the terms of
The County legislative authority may dispose of tax-foreclosed
property by private negotiation, without a call for bids, for not
less than the principal amount of the unpaid taxes in any one of the
If the tax title property can be disposed of without a call for bids, the County Commissioners dispose of the property by private negotiation and the Treasurer refunds the applicant's $75.00
If the tax title property cannot be disposed of without a call
The County Commissioners enter an order on the
record fixing the unit or units in which the property shall be sold
and the minimum price for each of the units, and whether the sale
will be for cash or whether a contract will be offered, and
reserving from sale such resources as it may determine and from
which units such reservations shall apply, and directing the
Treasurer to sell such property. The order shall be subject to the
approval of the Treasurer if several lots or tracts of land are
combined in one unit.
The Board of County Commissioners publishes once a week for three
consecutive weeks a notice of the sale of such property in a
newspaper of general circulation in Kittitas County. The notice
shall describe the property to be sold, the unit or units, the
reservations, and the minimum price fixed in the order, together
with the time and place and terms of the sale, in the same manner as
On the day of the sale:
If it was the decision of the County Commissioners to offer a
contract, the person bidding will be required to state whether he or
she will pay cash for the amount of his or her bid or accept a real
estate contract of purchase.
The person making highest bid becomes the purchaser of the property.
If the applicant is the successful bidder, their $75.00 deposit is
applied towards the purchase amount of the property.
If the applicant is present at the sale, but not the successful
bidder, the Treasurer's office will refund their $75.00 deposit.
The successful bidder pays the total purchase price, plus the
Auditor's recording fee. (Or if purchase is by a real estate
contract, pays 30% of total purchase price, plus any applicable
Auditor's recording fees, and signs all appropriate documents).
The Treasurer prepares and records the Treasurer's Deed in the Auditor's office. (Or if purchase is by a real estate contract,
records the real estate contract document).
Subsequent to the sale date, the property taxes for the current year
are pro-rated and supplemented to the tax roll, and the purchaser
receives a tax statement.
The Treasurer contacts the applicant regarding the County
Commissioners' decision, and refunds their $75.00 deposit.
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.