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Tax Claim

The Tax Claim Office is responsible for the collection of delinquent school, municipal and county real estate property taxes and it prepares and conducts County tax sales. The office’s mission is to maintain public records of all real estate which possess unpaid taxes and to issue tax lien information when real estate is transferred accordingly.



ATTENTION:  Deeds from the June 12, 2024 Private Tax Sale will be recorded on or after July 12, 2024. Winning bidders will be notified by mail when your deeds are ready to pick up.

The 2024 Upset Tax Sale will be held on Monday, September 9, 2024 in Courtroom #1 of the Cambria County Courthouse.  The sale will begin promptly at 10:00am. The preliminary list for the Upset Sale will appeared in the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, the Mainline Newspaper and the Legal Journal on Thursday, July 11, 2024.  Because this list changes constantly as taxes are paid, it will only be available below on July 12, 2024, August 5, 2024, and weekly on Mondays thereafter until the final list on Friday, September 6, 2024.

Bidder registration for the Upset Sale will be held from Monday, August 12, through Friday, August 23, 2024, Monday through Friday, 9:00am thru 4:00pm, in the Tax Claim Bureau Office.  Forms can be found below.  Each bidder must register in person during the bidder registration period.  We will not register any bidders after 4:00 on August 23, 2024.  

The next Private Tax Sale will be held in March, 2025.  The exact date has not been determined.  Bids to place properties on that list will be accepted from October 1, 2024 through December 20, 2024, or until we have 50 properties for that sale, whichever occurs first.  All future Private Sales will be limited to 50 properties.  Please call the office prior to bringing in your bid and bidder registration documents/fee to see if we have reached our 50 property limit, so you don’t make an unnecessary trip to our office.  It would be prudent to bring in your bids and registration requirements earlier, rather than waiting until the last day.

Stay tuned for details on our next Judicial Tax Sale, which we hope to schedule in early December, 2024 or January, 2025.  Please note: we already have properties requested for this Judicial Sale as well as the next, so we will not be taking additional judicial requests at this time.

Please call (814) 472-1445 with questions.


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Larissa M. Gavlak, Director

Sarah Wess, Head Clerk

Kathleen Benko, Clerk

Lucas Myers, Clerk

Debbie Makin, Tax Claim Specialist




200 South Center Street
Ebensburg, PA 15931

Phone: (814) 472-1445

Hours: Monday – Friday 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.

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