Franklin County has received the delinquent tax payments and interest for all but six of the properties originally on the county's foreclosure list for nonpayment of property taxes.
The county originally had 51 properties headed for sale Thursday.
And one-third of those were owned by a well-known Tri-City couple.
Dallas and Lozie Barnes own 17 properties headed for foreclosure, the most by any property owner on Benton and Franklin county's foreclosure lists.
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Owners facing foreclosure have accrued three years of outstanding bills for property taxes or irrigation assessments and interest.
The Barneses paid off $28,378in back taxes and interest on one house and 16 vacant residentiallots earlier this year.
Dallas Barnes, associate director of student services and special projects at Washington State University Tri-Cities, told the Herald in July that he intended to pay off the bill before the December sale.
The couple received the Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award in 2003 and are well known for their community involvement.
Dallas Barnes declined to comment Tuesday.
Overall, Franklin County hopes to collect about $190,000 in delinquent property taxes, interest and fees from the 51 properties. The county also is collecting about $4,000 in irrigation assessments and interest due to Franklin County Irrigation District 1.
Benton County had a similar decrease in the number of properties headed to foreclosure.
Duane Davidson, Benton County treasurer, said the county ended up auctioning off only seven of 42 properties originally facing foreclosure during its Nov. 23 sale.
Franklin County treasurer Tiffany Coffland said people have until 5 p.m. today to pay off back taxes and interest on their properties to keep them out of the sale.
Those who plan to bid on properties should check the rules on the county website, Coffland said. The sale is set for 10 a.m. Thursday.
For more information, go to co.franklin.wa.us/treasurer/foreclosure_sales.html.