County owned parcels, not acquired through tax foreclosure, can be purchased if the Board of County Commissioners has declared the "surplus".
Purchase Surplus Property
Purchasing County-owned surplus property is done through public auction or private sale. County-owned surplus properties valued less than $2,500 may be sold without going to public auction. The Board of County Commissioners determine if the property will be auctioned or not.
Public Auction Process
All other County-owned surplus property must be sold at public auction. To start the process, a letter of intent to purchase County-owned surplus property is submitted to the Board of County Commissioners. The Commissioners approve or reject the sale.
If approved, the Treasurer schedules a public auction and the applicant is notified of the date, time and location. The auction is advertised in the legal notices of the newspaper for two consecutive weeks.
The Board of County Commissioners may order the Treasurer to conduct an auction of Tax Title or County surplus properties without the request or application form from an individual.
Nearly all the Tax Title and surplus County-owned property in Whitman County has been liquidated. No separate list exists which identify only the properties Whitman County has retained, which are surplus to its needs.
Copy of Tax Roll
If you wish a copy of our entire tax roll contact our office. The information is available by email or CD. The charge is $240 and you are required to sign an affidavit which states that you understand Washington State law prohibits anyone from using this information for commercial purposes. "Commercial Purposes" means that the person requesting the record intends that the list will be used to communicate with the individual names in the record for the purpose of facilitating profit expecting activity.
Public Surplus Company for Auction Sales
We have partnered with Public Surplus to handle our foreclosure sales!