It’s no surprise that taxes have to be paid. I’ve seen auctions of delinquent property.
What did surprise me is the blood sucking investors getting rich off this. Targeting the elderly who can easily be confused by the paperwork they send. Those double digit interest charges can quickly turn a small tax bill into something a person on a fixed income can never pay.
This article from CNN Money was a real eye opener for me. Never, ever let a tax bill go unpaid or even your city water bill. Here in the south these kinds of vultures were called carpet baggers. People who profit at others misery.