Section 40-10-132

List and sale of lands bid in by state.

(a) It shall be the duty of the Land Commissioner to cause to be prepared a suitable book, in which shall be entered a description, as accurate as can be obtained, of all the lands which have been bid in by the state, with the amount of state and county taxes due thereon and the date when such lands were bid in; and, when three years shall have elapsed from the date of sale, such portions of lands as have not been redeemed shall be subject to sale by the state; and the Land Commissioner, with the approval of the Governor, may do any of the following:

(1) Sell the same at private sale to any purchaser, who may pay therefor in cash to the Treasurer such sum of money as the Land Commissioner may ascertain to be sufficient to cover and satisfy all claims of the state and county, which sum shall not be less than the amount of money for which the lands were bid in by the state, with interest thereon at the rate of 12 percent per annum from the date of sale, together with the amount of all taxes due on the lands since date of sale, with interest thereon at the rate of 12 percent per annum from the maturity of such taxes.

(2) If the lands are within a municipal boundary, sell the same to the municipality or such other nonprofit or governmental entity as the municipality may designate, at the best price offered, irrespective of the amount of taxes and interest due.

(3) If the lands are not within a municipal boundary, sell the same to the county in which the lands are situated or such other entity as the county may designate, at the best price offered, irrespective of the amount of taxes and interest due.

(4) Sell the same to such other entity created jointly by the municipality and the county in which the lands are situated as much as may be authorized by state law, at the best price offered, irrespective of the amount of taxes and interest due.

(5) Sell the same to a land bank authority created as authorized by Chapter 9, Title 24, for no consideration, irrespective of the amount of taxes and interest due.

(b) Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the lands have not been redeemed or sold by the state within five years from the date of sale, such lands may be sold by the Land Commissioner as provided in Section 40-10-134.

(Acts 1935, No. 194, p. 256; Code 1940, T. 51, §315; Acts 1988, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 88-824, p. 265, §16; Act 2002-426, p. 1094, §1; Act 2013-249, p. 610, §1.)