The delinquent taxes should be paid by the seller, ie: the bank, in escrow. The title co should send the proceeds from the sale to the tax collector. Ask your real estate agent to call the title co, or do it yourself, to make sure this is being done.
Welcome to LWW - Hope your purchase finalizes soon and you can enjoy the benefits of this wonderful community. I have been here since 1978 and love every minute of living here. Seems like your questions has been answered so good luck with your close.
No...you are not responsible for any bills or costs accumulated prior to your ownership of the property. The Title Company will be certain that all taxes, HOA Dues, etc. are prorated to the Close of Escrow. And, welcome to Lake Wildwood! I have lived here since 1993 and I love it!
Also, your agent will be providing you with an Estimated Closing Costs statement from the title company so you will not have any surprises when you go to sign the papers at the title co.
Terry Bell, Realtor, CPS Real Estate, Sonoma County Wine Country, Santa Rosa, CA