• (a)

    • Terms Used In Tennessee Code 67-5-2506

      • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
      • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
      • Property: includes both personal and real property. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
      • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
      • Road: includes public bridges and may be held equivalent to the words "county way" "county road" or "state road". See Tennessee Code 1-3-105

      (1) When any land must be sold for payment of delinquent county taxes only, it shall be sold under the provisions of this part and parts 20 and 24 of this chapter so far as they apply.

    • (2) It is the duty of the clerk of the court ordering the sale to bid, on behalf of the governmental entities for which the taxes are owing, to ascertain the amount due for taxes, interest, penalties and costs, where no other bidder offers the same or higher bid; provided, that, in the case of property where the county legislative body has determined that no bid should be made on behalf of the governmental entities to which taxes are owing due to a determination that such property poses an environmental risk or has financial liabilities associated with the property such that it is not in the best interest of the county to take possession of the property, the clerk shall not offer a bid. The county legislative body may also make a determination that no bid shall be made on behalf of the governmental entities on nonbuildable or nonconforming parcels, including, without limitation:

      • (A) Storm water detention basins;

      • (B) Drainage ditches;

      • (C) Private road right-of-ways;

      • (D) Private drives;

      • (E) Common open areas; and

      • (F) Utility easements.

    • (3) Up to ten percent (10%) of the sale proceeds shall be applied, first, to payment of any unpaid balance of compensation due the prosecuting attorney; second, the proceeds of the sale shall be applied to the costs of the suits; and third, the remainder shall be applied to the county first and second, to any municipality having a tax lien on the same property.

    • (4) This subsection (a) does not apply to counties with a metropolitan form of government or to counties having the following populations, according to the 1970 federal census or any subsequent federal census:

      • not less thannor more than 3,7655,200 6,6006,700 8,1008,200 12,30012,350 12,40012,550 14,70014,800 36,90037,100 56,20056,300
  • (b)

    • (1) When any parcel is sold for payment of delinquent taxes, it shall be sold pursuant to this chapter. This subdivision (b)(1) is procedural and remedial in its application and is made applicable retroactively to the extent allowed by law.

    • (2) It is the duty of the clerk of the court ordering the sale to bid, on behalf of the governmental entities for which the taxes are owing, to ascertain the amount due for taxes, interest, penalties and costs, where no other bidder offers the same or higher bid; provided, that, in the case of property where the county legislative body has determined that no bid should be made on behalf of the governmental entities to which taxes are owing due to a determination that such property poses an environmental risk, the clerk shall not offer a bid.

    • (3) The proceeds from such sale shall be applied, first, to the payment of the penalty allowed as compensation for prosecuting the suits; second, to the costs; and third, the remainder shall be prorated, first, to the county and, second, to any municipality that has a tax lien thereon.

    • (4) This subsection (b) applies only to counties with a metropolitan form of government and to counties having the following populations, according to the 1970 federal census or any subsequent federal census:

      • not less thannor more than 3,7655,200 6,6006,700 8,1008,200 12,30012,350 12,40012,550 14,70014,800 36,90037,100 56,20056,300