The auction brought in $1,598,439, including $309,109 in taxes.
Last year the lands office returned close to four million dollars to Benton County, money that is distributed between the county, cities and schools.
"80 percent of the tax dollars goes to public schools," says commissioner John Thurston. "It's important to get these properties back in tax generating status because as long as they're on our books, the schools are missing out on tax dollars."
Owners of the properties sold at today's auction have thirty days to pay the back taxes and keep their land.