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Spike in delinquent tax payoffs floods treasurer

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A Wall Street meltdown, slow recovery and rising unemployment over the past three years led to a sluggish economy that has directly affected St. Croix County's revenue from property taxes.

Foreclosure sales have kept at a steady increase for five years with little hope of a letup in sight.

But a recent turn of events was a surprise for county Treasurer Laurie Noble when a number properties facing immanent takeover by the county paid up delinquent 2007 taxes.

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