When current year secured taxes remain unpaid at the end of a fiscal year (June 30th), they become tax-defaulted. Tax-defaulted properties transfer to the redemption tax roll and begin to accrue additional penalties as provided by law. Delinquent taxes accrue an additional 1 1/2% penalty each month until paid. In addition, a $15 redemption fee attaches to the delinquent tax amount(s).
Real property remaining in tax-defaulted status for five or more years will become subject to the Tax Collector's Power to Sell. Once subject to power to sell, real property may be sold at public auction or otherwise conveyed to new ownership.
The power to sell status may be avoided by initiating and maintaining an installment plan of redemption within the first five years of delinquency, or by completely redeeming the property through payment of all unpaid amounts together with penalties and fees prescribed by law, before subject property is sold.
The right of redemption survives the property becoming subject to the power to sell, but terminates at the close of business on the last business day before the actual sale of the property by the Tax Collector.
Property tax delinquency is a serious matter. Should you have questions regarding a specific parcel, please contact the Tax Collector's office for further information.
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