Josephine County owns a variety of properties, ranging from small slivers of land to large forested tracts of significant acreage. Management of these lands consists of defining appropriate uses for individual parcels; lease negotiations; purchase and sales; and other activities associated with owning real estate.
Since the Property Management department was revitalized in 2016, we have sold over $2M in foreclosure and surplus properties with the majority of the funds applied directly to Parks, Recreation Areas and Forestry.
Josephine County is dedicated to returning surplus county-owned properties to non-governmental ownership. Surplus lands are offered for purchase through public auctions and other sales as allowed by Oregon law. County Sheriff’s Auctions of surplus land are advertised in The Daily Courier for four consecutive weeks prior to the auctions, usually in Wednesday issues. Auctions are held in accordance with ORS 275.110 and by Order of the Josephine County Board of Commissioners.