Montana Code Annotated 1995

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     7-2-2756. Sale of acquired real property. (1) No real estate may be sold by the board of county commissioners unless the property has been appraised within 1 year immediately prior to the date of sale by three taxpayers who reside within the territory of the abandoned and abolished county and who were appointed by the judge of the district court to which the county is attached, on petition of the board of such county. Every sale of real estate shall be made at public sale, and notice shall be published as provided in 7-1-2121. No such real estate shall be sold for a price less than 90% of the appraised value thereof.
     (2) The full purchase price of any real estate so sold shall not be required to be made in one payment; but the purchaser thereof may pay the same in four installments, the first of which shall be not less than 25% of the purchase price, to be paid at the time of purchase, with the remainder to be paid in three equal annual installments with interest thereon at not less than 5% per annum. Whenever the purchase price of any real estate is to be paid in installments, the board shall enter into a contract with the purchaser thereof, and such contract shall be recorded in the office of the county clerk. When payment in full has been made for real estate, the chairman of the board shall execute and deliver the proper bill of sale or deed to the purchaser or his successor in interest.
     (3) All real estate sold, with any improvements thereon, shall be subject to assessment and taxation annually to the purchaser or his successor in interest at a value equal to the amount paid on the purchase price thereof until the purchase price is fully paid, when such real estate shall be assessed at its full cash value. Any and all improvements placed on any such real estate after its purchase shall be subject to assessment and taxation at the full cash value thereof.

     History: En. Sec. 20, Ch. 105, L. 1937; amd. Sec. 40, Ch. 566, L. 1977; R.C.M. 1947, 16-4020(part); amd. Sec. 4, Ch. 349, L. 1985.

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