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Tax collectors in Lexington and Richland counties say a surprising number of delinquent-tax properties did not sell at auctions held this week. The recession also caused more property owners to lose their deeds this year because they were unable to pay 2007's back taxes and penalties.

LEXINGTON COUNTY RICHLAND COUNTY

461 properties did not sell, 531 properties did not sell,

up from 101 in 2008 up from 326 in 2008

164 properties changed hands 326 properties changed hands

this year from 2008's auction*, this year from 2008's auction*,

up from 108 in 2007's up from 128 in 2007's

* The most recent figures available

SOURCE: Treasurer's offices, Lexington and Richland counties

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