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2011 Property Tax Delinquencies Increase

WEST PALM BEACH, FL. – Anne Gannon, Constitutional Tax Collector, reports that 33,270 property owners are currently delinquent representing $108,479,992.50 in uncollected revenue.  Last year 26,709 tax certificates were sold for $99.6 million.  Gannon reminds property owners that the deadline to pay delinquent property taxes is 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2012.  After that date, all unpaid taxes will be listed for sale at the annual Tax Certificate Auction on June 7.   

“The law requires tax collectors hold an annual Tax Certificate Auction to recover the uncollected revenue,” says Gannon.  “This revenue has already been obligated to fund essential services to our community such as law enforcement, fire, EMS, public health and education. 

A tax certificate, also called a first lien, is placed on a delinquent property and sold through a competitive bid process.  The party who purchases a tax certificate does not own the property. They own the tax certificate, the first lien.

By law, a property owner has 2 years to redeem a tax certificate.  Once a tax certificate is sold, interest and advertising fees are applied to the amount owed.  On average the amount owed increases by a minimum of ten percent.  These costs can rise due to increases in interest rates awarded during the period of time between the tax certificate sale and the redemption date.

Payments may be made either in person at a service center or by mail.  Mailed payments must be received, not postmarked, at Gannon’s office no later than 5:00 p.m., June 6, 2012. 

Delinquent taxes cannot be paid online.   Payments must be made with cash, bank draft, certified check, money order, cashier’s check or US bank wire transfer.  We can only accept wire transfers from foreign banks if paid in US funds.   Property owners can stop by a service center to pay.  We have drop boxes at each location.

Release Date: 
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Contact Information: 
Contact: Anne Gannon, Constitutional Tax Collector
  (561) 355-4271


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