- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi is starting an online auction to sell tax-forfeited properties in Jackson and Waveland.

The auction site is run by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, whose office manages public lands.

Hosemann said Wednesday that bids are being taken on 379 pieces of property in Jackson, collectively valued at $7.4 million, and 100 parcels of land in Waveland, valued at $800,000. All bids must be submitted by the 5 p.m., Sept. 28 deadline.

The Jackson auction includes the Southport Mall Shopping Center off of U.S. Highway 80.

Hosemann’s office conducted its first online auction last year with tax-forfeited land in Pearl River County. He also accepts bids offline.

The chairman of the state Senate Public Property Committee, Democrat David Blount of Jackson, wrote the law creating the online land auctions. He says they help put property back onto local tax rolls.

The Secretary of State’s Office currently holds approximately 7,685 parcels, forfeited to the state for non-payment of ad valorem taxes, valued at more than $55.4 million.

In recent years, successful auctions in Bay St. Louis, Greenville, Greenwood, Jackson, McComb, Meridian, Pearl River County, and Yazoo City have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Mississippi schools and municipalities.

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