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Living Freedom by Claire Wolfe. Musings about personal freedom and finding it within ourselves.

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Archive for December 7th, 2012

Claire Wolfe

Inspiration from Joel

Friday, December 7th, 2012
Claire Wolfe

Tax sale: just how immoral would it be …

Friday, December 7th, 2012

So. The county recently had a sale on properties foreclosed for non-payment of taxes.

I’ve never paid attention to such things before, considering any form of tax sale or asset-forfeiture sale to be out of moral bounds.

This time somebody pointed out that two of the parcels up for sale were hilltop acreages near the end of winding dirt roads. Not far from this neighborhood in miles, but a world away in possibilities.

I went so far as to look them up online and do some sighing over them. Of course I didn’t consider bidding. But I admit that was mostly because a) I didn’t have the money and b) I didn’t have time to investigate things like … oh, whether angry, heavily armed owners might still be squatting on them or whether it would cost a zillion bucks just to put in a septic system. You know, the technicalities. Not c) this just wouldn’t be right.

Had I had means to take care of a) and b), I’d have at least been tempted to ignore c) for the sake of d) great, cheap land. Probably wouldn’t have. But I admit to having moments of not feeling like a moral giant.

There’ll be another sale of tax-foreclosed properties next year (assuming the Maya don’t fool us all by turning out to be right).

So … would buying one tax-foreclosed parcel of land be like “being just a little bit pregnant,” or what?

And if you had the chance to pick up five acres of primo forest land, complete with spectacular view, for, say, $5,000 or $10,000 … would you be tempted? Especially if you were somebody who didn’t have money to burn?

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