Frequently Asked Questions
How can I purchase properties seized for non-payment of taxes?
Attend the tax sales held periodically throughout the year. The dates of delinquent tax sales are advertised in local newspapers before each sale.
Can I make payments on my delinquent taxes or redeem my property in installments?
No. However, if you owe several years' taxes, you may pay one year at a time. You must pay the oldest year first.
What methods of payment are accepted for delinquent taxes?
Cash, personal checks, business checks, certified checks and money orders are acceptable during most of the year. However, during specified periods, cash, certified checks or money orders are required. (Please call the Delinquent Tax Department for details.) At this time, credit cards are not an accepted form of payment.
If I pay someone else's delinquent tax bill, does the property become mine?
No. Anyone can pay a tax bill. However, payment of someone else's tax bill does not give one claim to the property.
If my property is sold at a delinquent tax sale, can I get it back?
When real property or mobile homes are sold at a delinquent tax sale, the defaulting taxpayer has one year from the date of the sale to redeem the property. In order to redeem property before it is conveyed to a new owner, the defaulting taxpayer must pay the redemption amount. This consists of the taxes, interest on the bid amount (the amount for which the property was sold at the tax sale) plus penalties.
How much time do I have to pay my delinquent taxes before my property is sold?
All taxes are due on or before September 30 of each year by 5:00 p.m. the last business day before the tax sale.
Delinquent-- Failure to do what is required by law or obligation; overdue in payment.
Execution-- A notice of delinquent taxes due.
Levy Cost-- A charge imposed when property is seized for non-payment of taxes. The charge offsets the cost incurred by the County in collecting the taxes.
Personal Property-- Movable items of property that are not permanently affixed to or part of real property. Examples are automobiles, boats, business furniture, fixtures and airplanes.
Quitclaim Deed-- A deed of conveyance provided without any assurance or warranty of validity. A quitclaim deed is evidence of good title but not clear title.
Redemption-- Payment of taxes, levies, penalties and interest by the delinquent taxpayer after real property has been sold at a delinquent tax sale. This process allows the delinquent taxpayer to retain possession of the property.