Marion County is refunding money paid for a property that did not exist which was sold at a tax auction.
County Attorney Billy Gouger says this is not the first time this has occurred.
A few years ago, Marion sold property at a delinquent tax sale that was actually in nearby Grundy County.
The nonexistent property refunded this time is in an area surrounded by mineral and coal company land. Gouger says the property may have been swallowed up, although it may never have existed.
The County Commission voted at its March meeting to refund the buyer $1,000 plus $186.99 in property taxes. But, state law doesn’t require a refund. Gouger says people buy tax sale property at their own risk.