TOMMY LAND

COMMISSIONER OF STATE LANDS

Tommy Land is a 46-year resident of Arkansas. He and his wife, Judy, have been married for 41 years and reside in Heber Springs, where they reared their two children.

 

After retiring from a 30-year career with Southwestern Bell Telephone (now AT&T), he established Heber Springs Communications in 2006 in response to increasing requests for help with telephone equipment from local business owners. That company continues to provide quality service to customers in north central Arkansas. The Lands also owned and operated a small cattle farm south of Heber Springs.

 

"I have been involved in serving people in different ways most of my adult life, and the Commissioner of State Lands Office serves the people of Arkansas,” Commissioner Land said. “I can think of no greater honor than serving the citizens of Arkansas and giving back to a place that has given my family so much.”

State of Arkansas
Commissioner of State Lands

The Real Estate Division of the Commissioner of State Lands is located in 1020 W. 4th Street, in Little Rock (on the corner of 4th & Ringo Streets). This Division processes the payment of delinquent property taxes. If you have unpaid taxes certified to the State of Arkansas, you may call the Real Estate Division at 501-324-9422 | Fax: 501-324-9424, or visit our office, to request a Petition To Redeem - a legal document noting the amount of taxes, penalties and interest due on delinquent property. The petition must be signed, notarized and returned to the State Land Office with proper payment.

 

Note: Only the record owner, his/her heirs, or agent acting on behalf of the record owner may redeem property by paying the back taxes.

 

To learn more about redeeming tax delinquent property, please review the Delinquent Taxes brochure. If you believe you have delinquent property certified to the state, you may request a Petition to Redeem on this web site. You will need the properties’ parcel number, which is located on your real property tax bill.

 

The Real Estate Division also researches tax delinquent land titles to notify owners and interested parties that land has been scheduled for sale. This division conducts public auctions of tax delinquent property and processes offers to purchase on negotiated sales. To request information on land sales, including post auction sales lists for a particular county, please contact the Real Estate Division at 501-324-9422 | Fax: 501-324-9424. You can view and download the public auction catalog as well as post auction sales lists on this web site.

 

The Real Estate Division also processes requests for patent information, and houses the county certification books.

 

REAL ESTATE DIVISION

MINERAL  LEASING  ON  STATE  OWNED  LANDS

Act 509 of 1993 gave the Commissioner of State Lands office responsibility for the leasing and permitting of minerals on state owned lands. The leasing process begins when a company applies to our office for either a permit for sand and gravel removal or a lease for oil and gas. From there we research the parcel to insure it is on state owned land and that the agency that owns it approves of the application. The Commissioner then contacts the Natural Resources Committee who, alongside the Commissioner, approves or denies the applications and set any terms and conditions as well as the minimum bid amounts for prospective companies.

 

This committee consists of ten (10) state agencies including the Commissioner of State Lands who presides as Committee Chairman: the Department of Finance and Administration, the Oil and Gas Commission, Geological Survey, the Forestry Commission, the Natural Resources Commission, the Game and Fish Commission, the Department of Parks and Tourism, the Department of Environmental Quality and the Natural Heritage Commission. If the committee approves the application it then goes out to bid by being published in the local and state newspapers and after twenty (20) days all bids that have been received are opened and read aloud at the Commissioner of State Lands office. The bid that meets the requirements and is in the best interest of the State is declared the winning bid and the company is notified. A company who holds a lease on state owned land and is operating on that lease must submit a monthly report along with the royalty check to the Commissioner of State Lands office.

 

The funds that the Commissioner collects are then sent to the State Treasury and from there are dispersed to the appropriate agency. In 2010 we received over 2.5 million dollars in royalties that were turned over to the appropriate agencies and used to improve their services to the State. We currently have over 140 oil and gas leases and over 30 sand and gravel permits. If you would like more information on leasing minerals on state owned lands contact our Mineral Leasing Division at 501-683-3064 | Fax: 501-683-4209.

 

Public Auction Catalog

 

The auction catalog consisting of parcels listing that will be offered at public auction during the current year. You can view and print parcel listing and can also export listings to Microsoft © Excel.

 

Post Auction Sales Lists

 

Post Auction Sales Lists contain parcels that have previously been offered at public auction but did not sell. These parcels are available for sale from the Commissioner of State Lands office through a post auction sale process.

 

Claim Excess Proceeds

 

Excess Proceeds are funds collected through the sales of tax delinquent properties in Arkansas. These funds consist of the amount of money collected over the amount of taxes, penalties and interest due at the time of sale. These funds are held 4 years, by the Commissioner of State Lands, and are collectible by the original record owner of the property beginning one year after the sale date. If the funds are not collected during the time period pertaining to the specific parcel then they are returned to the county in which the property resides.

PUBLICATIONS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q:    What kind of sales do you hold?

A:    We conduct public auctions of lands that were forfeited to the state for non-payment of real property taxes. They are held once a year in the county where the property is located.

 

Q:    How do I know which properties will be available for sale?

A:    The Commissioner of State Lands publishes a legal notice in the county newspaper prior to the sale. Parcel information for upcoming the auctions is also available on the COSL website, www.cosl.org, under Public Auction Catalog. This information is updated daily.

 

Q:    How can I get more information on a particular piece of property (e.g. location, structures, etc.)?

A:    You should contact the county assessor.

 

Q:    Who is entitled to redeem property from the Commissioner of State Lands office?

A:    Record owners, heirs, assigns and agents of record owners are entitled to redeem property. Also, persons or entities with recorded interests, such as lien holders, may also be entitled to redeem.

 

Q:    What kind of title do I get if I purchase land at one of the auctions?

A:    The state executes a Limited Warranty Deed, which conveys whatever interest the state has in the property to the purchaser.

 

Q:    When will I receive my Limited Warranty Deed?

A:    Deeds cannot be issued until after the 10 business day redemption period has expired and all checks have cleared.

 

Q:    How does a successful bidder pay for the property?

A:    The full purchase price (amount of the successful bid plus tax due as stated in the catalog) must be paid the day of the auction. The first $100 of EACH PARCEL PURCHASED must be paid in cash, cashier’s check or money order. The remainder may be paid by a personal or corporate check.

 

Q:    Should I make improvements to property I purchase at tax sales?

A:    It is recommended that no significant improvements be made to the property prior to the expiration of the 90 day litigation period.

 

Q:    What happens if the sale is set aside, or the Commissioner or judge declares the deed void?

A:    In the event a sale or deed is canceled by the Commissioner or a judge, the purchaser is entitled to a full refund (no interest accruing) of all monies paid to the state for the purchase of the property. In addition, all taxes, penalties, interest and costs due on the property must be paid by the party challenging the tax sale or deed.

 

Q:    Can I redeem or purchase delinquent mineral rights from the Commissioner of State Lands office?

A:    Tax delinquent mineral interests may be redeemed at any time. In some limited situations, the mineral rights may be purchased from the Commissioner of State Lands.

 

Q:    What happens to property that is offered for sale at public auction, but does not sell?

A:    Such property is available for sale no less than 30 days after the date of the auction where it was offered. The purchaser obtains and completes an “Offer to Purchase” form provided by the Commissioner of State Lands making an offer on the property.

 

Q:    Will I be responsible for delinquent special improvement district fees assessed against the property?

A:    Probably yes. All potential purchasers should research the property records maintained by the county tax assessor, tax collector and circuit clerk in order to determine if additional fees are owed on the property.

 

Executive Offices:

 

State Capitol Building

500 Woodlane St., STE 109

Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

 

P. 501-324-9422 | Fax. 501-682-1996

 

 

Real Estate Office:

 

1020 W. 4th St., 5th Floor

Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

 

P. 501-324-9422

Copyright  © 2019 Commissioner of State Lands

Tommy Land is a 46-year resident of Arkansas. He and his wife, Judy, have been married for 41 years and reside in Heber Springs, where they reared their two children.

 

After retiring from a 30-year career with Southwestern Bell Telephone (now AT&T), he established Heber Springs Communications in 2006 in response to increasing requests for help with telephone equipment from local business owners. That company continues to provide quality service to customers in north central Arkansas. The Lands also owned and operated a small cattle farm south of Heber Springs.

 

"I have been involved in serving people in different ways most of my adult life, and the Commissioner of State Lands Office serves the people of Arkansas,” Commissioner Land said. “I can think of no greater honor than serving the citizens of Arkansas and giving back to a place that has given my family so much.”

Tommy Land is a 46-year resident of Arkansas. He and his wife, Judy, have been married for 41 years and reside in Heber Springs, where they reared their two children.

 

After retiring from a 30-year career with Southwestern Bell Telephone (now AT&T), he established Heber Springs Communications in 2006 in response to increasing requests for help with telephone equipment from local business owners. That company continues to provide quality service to customers in north central Arkansas. The Lands also owned and operated a small cattle farm south of Heber Springs.

 

"I have been involved in serving people in different ways most of my adult life, and the Commissioner of State Lands Office serves the people of Arkansas,” Commissioner Land said. “I can think of no greater honor than serving the citizens of Arkansas and giving back to a place that has given my family so much.”