Sale Time: 10:00 a.m.
Property owners are required to pay property taxes on an annual basis to the County Tax Collector. If the owner neglects to pay his/her taxes by the end of May following the taxable year, a "Tax Certificate" is sold by the Tax Collector.
A tax certificate is held for a minimum of two years and a maximum of seven years. At any time between the second and seventh year, the certificate holder may request the sale of the property to satisfy the certificate.
The actual sale is held in the lobby of the County Courthouse. All owners and lien holders are notified and the sale is held in accordance with Florida Statutes.
The property is placed up for bid and auctioned off. All bids must be honored within 24 hours of the sale.
The highest bidder must deposit $200.00 or 5% of the bid, whichever is greater, in cash or cashier's check made payable to the Clerk of Court before the conclusion of the sale.
A property owner may redeem his property by paying all back taxes and costs up until the Clerk of the Court signs the Tax Deed. The sale is final when the Clerk signs the Tax Deed.
Costs, fees, and any valid liens are paid out of the monies received from the successful bidder. Notarized claims must be submitted to the Clerk's Office to substantiate a claim. The Certificate Holder is then reimbursed his monies plus interest earned. The former property owner as well as lienholders may claim any excess funds.
J. K. "Jess" Irby, Clerk of the Circuit Court