County Acquires Deed
At the end of the redemption period the tax collector deeds the property to the county and all taxes, interest, and penalties are canceled. Once the property has been deeded to the county, the taxpayer's ownership, as well as any vested interest holder's rights, are terminated. The property owner may petition the County Board of Commissioners to sell the property back to them at a private sale. It is at the discretion of the board to grant or deny the request.
The property becomes part of the county's lands and can be sold at public auction to the highest bidder. Washington County rarely has homes that reach the point of the county acquiring the deed. The type of property normally acquired is nuisance strips or property that has some other condition which diminishes use and value.