Bidding Now Open On County Tax Certificate Sale

May 27, 2017

The tax certificate sale for 2016 delinquent real estate taxes in Escambia County will be held June 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT at

Property taxes unpaid as of 4:30 p.m. on May 31 will be eligible for purchase. To prevent a certificate from being sold, property owners with delinquent taxes must make their payment by 4:30 p.m. May 31 either through the website, here, or in person at any of our four convenient tax collector offices. All late payments will be returned for additional fees.

Registration for the sale is open at and will continue until the sale ends June 1. The sale is a reverse auction, with interest rates on individual certificates starting at 18 percent. Bidders compete for the lowest rate, and certificates are awarded to those with the lowest bid. All unsold certificates will be issued to Escambia County at 18 percent annual interest.

The tax certificate sale is an annual online auction where bidders can purchase a delinquent taxpayer’s debt in exchange for an annual interest rate, ensuring the majority of unpaid taxes are collected and distributed to taxing authorities. Last year, more than 6,900 certificates were sold for a total of over $8.4 million, recovering 97 percent of delinquent taxes. Delinquent real estate accounts are published online at


2 Responses to “Bidding Now Open On County Tax Certificate Sale”

  1. William on May 29th, 2017 12:38 pm

    >>Maybe there is and the site just doesn’t show it here. Maybe next time, include street name & house number

    The list is on the county’s website (not NorthEscambia’s). They are the ones that need to list it.

  2. Anne on May 29th, 2017 7:14 am

    WOW, lots of folks not paying their share of property taxes.

    Sure would be easier to use the listing if there was a street & house number listed.
    Maybe there is and the site just doesn’t show it here.

    Maybe next time, include street name & house number

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