ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES
Hard Times in Illinois, 1930–1940
A Selection of Documents from the Illinois State Archives
LETTER CONCERNING A PENDING TAX SALE IN VENICE
September 9, 1932
A tax sale occurs when a property owner has not paid taxes due and as a consequence the taxing authority, usually the county government, sells the property in question at public auction. Proceeds from the sale are used to pay the taxes owed and if a balance remains after that, the balance is paid over to the former property owner. During the course of the Great Depression taxing authorities were not anxious to conduct tax sales. Oftentimes there were few or no buyers. Voters did not take kindly to hardhearted revenue collectors.
The governor's secretary responded to this inquiry. He advised Mr. Dierkes to contact a local building and loan association and through it apply to the Federal Home Loan Bank Board for a loan to pay his back taxes.
Points to Consider
What were Joseph and Josephine Dierkes asking the governor to do?
Locate Venice on a map.
If property taxes were not collected how would the community of Venice have paid for public services in 1932?
What would happen today if a homeowner has not paid his or her property taxes for three years?