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CONTACT: Mark Sexton, Communications Coordinator
PHONE: (352) 374-5204; CELL: (352) 283-2317

For Immediate Release

Tax Certificate Sale

5/13/2010 11:20 AM

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - Alachua County Tax Collector, Von Fraser announces that the 2010 Tax Certificate sale for the 2009 delinquent real estate taxes will be held online at  The Alachua County Tax Collector and Realauction jointly host this site.  Registration and bidding will begin Thursday, May 13, 2010 and continue until the sale closes Tuesday, June 1, 2010.  Certificates will be offered in a series of seven batches that will begin closing out at 12 noon EDST and continue at one hour intervals until 6 p.m. EDST.  Certificates will be awarded to those bidders entering the lowest bids, with ties awarded based on a computer generated random selection algorithm.  Our office will provide computers and limited assistance for registered bidders who do not have internet access and want to participate in the tax certificate sale.


Please note the internet tax certificate sale will have a mandatory bidder deposit requirement.  Since bidders will not be physically present the day of the auction, we are requiring a 10% pre-deposit of your total intended purchases ($100 minimum).  


The tax certificate sale process ensures that a majority of the 2009 unpaid property taxes are collected and distributed to the various taxing authorities, allowing for the continuation of services.  Last year’s sale netted $10,934,504.08 from the sale of 4,216 individual certificates.


The delinquent real estate advertisement will be published in the Alachua County Today newspaper   May 13, 20 and 27, 2010.  The advertising list will also be available on the website and can be downloaded.


To avoid a certificate being issued, property owners with delinquent taxes are advised to pay at any the Tax Collector’s three locations before 5 p.m. May 28, 2010.  Cash or certified funds are required.  Credit card payments can be made online, or by telephone 1- 866 -729-2282 (A 2.5% convenience fee will be added to credit card payments).  Credit Card payments must be received and posted no later than 5 p.m. on May 31, 2010.


For additional information regarding the tax certificate sale, please visit our internet sale website , the Tax Collector’s website  or call (352) 374-5236.


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