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5.     Property Appraiser & Exemptions 
6.     Property Tax Discounts 
7.     Taxing Assessments 
8.     Delinquent Property Taxes 
9.     Tax Certificate Directory 
10.   Property Tax Deed Application 
11.   Authorities & Municipalities 
12.   Special Assessments 
13.   Property Tax Installments 
14.   Homestead Tax Deferral 
15.   Partial Payments 
16.   Explanation of the Tax Bill 
 
 
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Real Estate Property

The term real estate tax is a common reference to a tax on real property. Real property refers to land, buildings, fixtures, and all other improvements to the land.

Real estate taxes consist of ad valorem taxes, which are based upon the assessed value of real property, and non-ad valorem assessments, which are levies based on the cost of providing a service such as erosion control and water control.


State Prohibition

Florida's Constitution prohibits state government from levying ad valorem taxes on real property and tangible personal property. This gives counties, school districts, municipalities, and special taxing districts the exclusive right to levy ad valorem taxes on real property and tangible personal property. However, the state legislature can and does regulate the maximum rate at which ad valorem taxes can be levied and the manner in which they are collected.

   

Tangible/Centrally Assessed

Tangible Personal Property includes machinery, equipment, furniture, fixtures, leasehold improvements, signs, supplies & leased equipment, mobile home attachments on rented land and furnishings in rental units. Florida Statute 193.052 requires that anyone in possession of assets as of January 1 must file a Tangible Personal Property Tax Return to receive the Amendment 1 Exemption of $25,000. All Tangible Personal Property must be reported no later than April 1 of each year in order to avoid penalties. The Property Appraiser's Office is required by law to place a value on non-filer accounts, plus a penalty.

Should you have further questions, you may reach the Tangible Personal Property Department at the Saint Lucie County Property Appraiser's Office at 772-460-3328.


State Prohibition

Florida's Constitution prohibits state government from levying ad valorem taxes on real property and tangible personal property. This gives counties, school districts, municipalities, and special taxing districts the exclusive right to levy ad valorem taxes on real property and tangible personal property. However, the state legislature can and does regulate the maximum rate at which ad valorem taxes can be levied and the manner in which they are collected.

   

Ad Valorem Taxes

The Ad Valorem tax roll consists of real estate taxes and tangible personal property taxes and railroad.

Ad Valorem is a Latin phrase meaning “According to the worth”. In St. Lucie County, Ad Valorem or “real” taxes on “real” things “according to their worth” includes taxes on REAL ESTATE or taxes on a business's Tangible Personal Property.

The Property Appraiser assesses the value of a property and The Board of County Commissioners and other levying bodies set the millage rates. Using these figures, the Property Appraiser prepares the tax roll. Upon completion, the tax roll is then certified to the Tax Collector who prints and mails the tax notices. To ensure tax notices are received, the owner must immediately update any changes in the name and address with the Property Appraiser. In cases where the property owner pays through an escrow agent, the mortgage company should request the original tax notice, and the owner will receive a copy of the notice.

Tax notices are normally mailed on or before November 1st of each year and are due by March 31st. Taxes that are not paid will become delinquent on April 1st. The following discounts apply for early payment:

    • 4% discount if paid in November
    • 3% discount if paid in December
    • 2% discount if paid in January
    • 1% discount if paid in February

Any changes to the tax roll (name, address, location, assessed value) must be processed through the Property Appraiser's Office. You may select one of the following links;

    • Services; Download Forms, Address Change Request.
    • I Want to... File for, or Learn about exemptions.


Non-Ad Valorem Assessments

The Non-Ad Valorem rolls are prepared by local governments and certified to the Tax Collector's Office for collection. Non-Ad Valorem assessments are primarily assessments for paving services, storm water and solid waste collection and disposal. The collection of taxes, as well as the assessment, is in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Florida Department of Revenue and Florida Statutes. These charges are collected beginning November 1st each year and become delinquent on April 1st. Discounts are given for early payment.

   

Property Appraiser & Exemptions

The Property Appraiser is responsible for the preparation of the current Ad Valorem tax roll; assessed value of property; property tax exemptions, including homestead exemptions; taxable value; assessed owner's name and address, including address changes; and, the legal description of property.

First-time applications for homestead exemption and widow, widower or disability exemptions must be filed with the Property Appraiser by March 1st of the tax year.

You must notify the Property Appraiser when you no longer qualify for any of the exemptions.

   

Property Tax Discounts

Discounts for Early Payment of Annual Property Taxes
 
Payments made during the following months will earn a discount; November is 4%, December is 3%, January is 2%, and February is 1%. Payments made in the month of March will not receive a discount. Any payments made on or after April 1st are delinquent, and will be subject to an applied penalty.
 
 
Installment Payment Schedule and Discounts Allowed
 
1st installment. Due by June 30th. One quarter of the total estimated tax, discounted 6%.
 
2nd installment. Due by September 30th. One quarter of the total estimated tax, discounted 4½ %.
 
3rd installment. Due by December 30th. One quarter of the total estimated tax plus one half of any adjustment made for actual tax liability, discounted 3%.
 
4th installment. Due by March 31st. One quarter of the total estimated tax plus the remaining one half of any adjustment made for actual tax liability. No discount is provided on the 4th installment.
 
The first two installments will be estimated based on the prior year's tax liability. Annual renewal is automatic as long as the June payment is made each year.
 
 
Delivery Method
 
The discount on payments which are mailed to our office are determined by the postmarked date on your envelope.
 
The discount for walk-in payments is extended to the next working day when the deadline falls on a weekend or observed holiday.
 
 
Partial Payments
 
All discounts will be forfeited under the partial payment plan, which is described on the back of the yearly tax bill.

   

Taxing Assessments

The Tax Collector collects all ad valorem taxes levied in St. Lucie County. The Tax Collector also collects non-ad valorem assessments.
Ad valorem taxes are levied annually based on the value of real property and tangible personal property. Ad valorem assessments are made each January 1st.

Real property is defined as land, buildings, fixtures, and all other improvements to the land.

Non-ad valorem assessments are also made on real property for essential services, such as erosion control and water control.

The ad valorem tax roll is certified to the Tax Collector by the Property Appraiser. The Property Appraiser determines the assessed value of property. The Board of County Commissioners, School Board, municipalities, and other ad valorem taxing bodies set the millage rates for properties within their boundaries. The millage rate is the dollar amount to be paid in taxes for every $1,000 of appraised valuation. A mill is equal to 1 tenth of 1 percent.

Non-ad valorem assessment rolls are certified to the Property Appraiser by non-ad valorem assessing authorities, such as erosion control districts and water control districts.

Municipal Services Benefit Units (MSBU) special assessment rolls are certified to the Tax Collector by local governing boards such as cities or the County.

The Tax Collector consolidates the certified ad valorem, non-ad valorem, and the MSBU tax rolls and mails tax notices to property owners. Assessments are due beginning November 1st or soon after the tax roll is certified. Florida law makes taxpayers responsible for knowing that their property taxes are due each year. Assessments become delinquent on April 1st.

Tax payments may be made online, by mail or in person at the Tax Collector's Ft. Pierce office and the Port St. Lucie Office.

   

Delinquent Property Taxes

Florida law requires that all real estate taxes be paid by March 31 each year. If those taxes are not paid, the law requires Tax Collectors to conduct an auction and sell "tax certificates" on or before June 1st. A tax certificate sale is not a sale of land, but rather is a lien against the subject property. Delinquent taxes are advertised in a local newspaper prior to the tax certificate sale. The tax certificate sale is open to the public and participants purchase the certificates as investments. The tax certificate sale is conducted in a manner similar to an auction but is different from a typical auction in that bidders are bidding on rates of interest. In essence, the bidders are extending a loan at a specific interest rate, to pay the delinquent taxes for the property owners.

The tax certificate sale is conducted electronically over the internet on or shortly before June 1 of each year. Click on "Electronic Tax Certificate Sale" to learn more about the procedure on how to submit bids. The bidder who is willing to accept the lowest rate of interest is awarded the certificate. He or she will then pay to the Tax Collector, the delinquent taxes, late-payment penalties, costs of the sale, and advertising charges. The total amount paid for each certificate becomes the "face" value of the certificate. The bidder will earn interest on the face of the certificate at the rate he or she bid, from June 1st to the date the certificate is "redeemed" by the property owner. Interest is calculated using the simple interest method and regardless of when the certificate is redeemed, the certificate holder will earn a minimum of 5 percent unless the interest bid was zero percent.

Certificates that do not receive any bids are "struck off" to the County at 18 percent. The County pays no money for the certificates and the Tax Collector holds them as the County's custodian. After the tax sale, members of the public can view the county held certificates online, and may purchase them by paying all delinquent taxes, costs, and accrued interest. Certificates can be transferred to another individual by paying a small fee to the Tax Collector.

Property owners who eventually redeem their tax certificates are required to pay to the Tax Collector the face of the certificate, all accrued interest, and a redemption fee. The face amount plus accrued interest is remitted to the bidders on a weekly basis. Bidder checks are issued every Monday for those certificates redeemed Monday through Friday of the prior week. All interest paid to bidders is reported to the Internal Revenue Service annually. Forms 1099 are remitted to the bidders for interest paid to them by the Collector each year.

Property owners who still have not paid their delinquent real estate taxes within two years after the taxes became delinquent are risking forfeiture of their property in a "tax deed sale". After two years, a certificate holder may apply to the Tax Collector for a tax deed by surrendering his or her certificate(s) on the property, redeeming all other outstanding certificates, and paying certain other fees and costs including the current taxes. After the tax deed application is received and all amounts are paid, the Tax Collector notifies the Clerk of the Circuit Court. The Clerk of the Circuit Court notifies the property owner, lien holders, and then advertises the pending tax deed sale. If taxes remain unpaid the actual real estate is then auctioned to the highest bidder by the Clerk of the Circuit Court. The minimum or opening bid is the sum of all taxes, interest, costs and fees paid up until the sale. If the property is homestead property, one-half of the latest assessed value of the property must be added to the minimum opening bid. The tax deed applicant receives his money back from the sale proceeds plus one and one-half percent interest per month from the time the application is made until the land is sold.

Prospective bidders who plan to participate in the tax certificate sale should research the properties on which they plan to bid. Some of the parcels may be easements, landlocked property, alleyways, or other property that has little or no value. There are no guarantees that tax certificates will turn out to be good investments. By law, certificates are canceled after seven years unless extended by some administrative action such as bankruptcy. Certificates can be canceled due to certain statutory errors, in which case the bidder will receive 8 percent interest or the bid amount, whichever is lower.

The tax certificate sale is a method by which the various taxing authorities may still receive tax revenue when property owners do not pay their taxes. The taxing authorities receive money that funds their budgets and certificate buyers earn interest on their investments. The tax certificate sale should not be considered a direct way to obtain land. If you have specific questions concerning the tax certificate sale call 800.410.3445 for assistance.

   

Property Tax Deed Application

The holder of a tax certificate may apply for a tax deed application when 2 years or more have elapsed since April 1st of the year the certificate was issued.

Application for a tax deed is made to the Tax Collector's Office. The Application allows the property to be sold at public auction. However, the owner may retain the property by paying the taxes any time before the tax deed is issued.

   

Authorities & Municipalities

If you have questions about the various millage rates you are required to pay, please direct your inquiries to the following taxing authorities:


Advalorem Taxing Authorities

St. Lucie County Board of Commissioners 772.462.1670
County Solid Waste Special Assessment 772.462.3500
School Board of St. Lucie County 772.468.3970
St. Lucie County Fire District 772.461.3400
Children's Service Council 772.462.2143
South Florida Water Management District 561.686.8800
Florida Inland Navigation District 561.627.3386
City of Fort Pierce, ext.332 772.460.2200
City of Port St. Lucie 772.871.5200
Town of St. Lucie Village 772.464.8200


Non-Advalorem Assessing Authorities

Capron Trail, The Reserve, River Place on the St. Lucie 954.753.5841
Portofino Isles and Shores 954.721.8681
St. Lucie West Services District 407.629.6900
Ft. Pierce Farms Water Control District 772.464.0939
Lake Lucie Community Development District, ext.205 305.576.6333
North St. Lucie River Water Control District 772.461.5050
City of Port St. Lucie Special Assessments 772.871.5200
South Hutchinson Island Special Assessments 772.462.1150
City of Fort Pierce, ext.332 772.460.2200


Municipalities

City of Fort Pierce 772.460.2200
City of Port St. Lucie 772.871.5225
Town of Village St. Lucie 772.466.6900




   

Special Assessments

Official Statement for St. Lucie County, Florida

Pursuant to Florida law, this statement is to confirm that a special assessment or Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) placed on the tax roll by a taxing authority shall:

 a) Be collected in the same manner as ad valorem taxes as provided in Section 197.363(3), and
 
 b) Follow the property for the duration of the time period specified for that assessment or MSBU and is not required to be paid off at the time of a title transfer or refinance.

If you should have any questions in connection with this matter, please do not hesitate to contact this office at 772.462.1650.

   

Property Tax Installments

Property Tax Payment By The Installment Method. This brochure provides an overview of the Property Tax Installment Plan. If, after reading this brochure, you want additional information please call us at 772.462.1650.

You can download the form "notice and application" for alternative payment of property taxes. Fill out the form, save it, and send a copy to the following email address.

Send to: taxcollector@tcslc.com


Installment Plan (Florida Statutes Section 197.222)

You may elect to pay your property tax on a quarterly basis instead of paying the entire amount all at once. To qualify, your total estimated taxes must be more than $100. Please submit an application to the Tax Collector's office on or before April 30th of the year you wish to begin the installment plan.

After submitting the application, you will receive an installment notice beginning the first week of June. The first payment is due by June 30th. Once you have started using the installment plan, you are obligated to participate in the program for the entire year.

Discounts are allowed for the first three installment payments. Delinquent payments do not receive discounts, and any amount unpaid on April 1st is treated as a delinquent tax bill subject to a tax certificate sale.


Installment Payment Schedule and Discounts Allowed

1st installment. Due by June 30th. One quarter of the total estimated tax, discounted 6%.

2nd installment. Due by September 30th. One quarter of the total estimated tax, discounted 4½ %.

3rd installment. Due by December 31th. One quarter of the total estimated tax plus one half of any adjustment made for actual tax liability, discounted 3%.

4th installment. Due by March 31st. One quarter of the total estimated tax plus the remaining one half of any adjustment made for actual tax liability. No discount is provided on the 4th installment.

The first two installments will be estimated based on the prior year's tax liability. Annual renewal is automatic as long as the June payment is made each year.


To the taxpayers of St. Lucie County

The Tax Collector acts as an agent for state agencies and local taxing authorities to collect and remit property taxes. As an elected county official, my primary desire is to provide courteous, efficient, and professional service to all taxpayers. Providing information is just one of the ways the Tax Collector's office strives to provide outstanding service to residents. Please feel free to call or visit the Tax Collector offices if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions.

   

Homestead Tax Deferral Program

Tax deferral is a program designed to help taxpayers whose income is low relative to the amount of real estate tax due on their home. Any person entitled to claim homestead exemption may qualify to postpone a portion of his or her property taxes based on the applicant's household income. Interest will accrue on the deferred tax until it is paid. The tax deferral becomes a first lien on the property and will be collected the same as other liens. Applications are available at the Tax Collector's office and must be submitted each year between November 1st and March 31st.

The following conditions must be met to qualify for the deferred tax program:

The applicant must qualify for homestead exemption.
The applicant must meet certain household income or age requirements:
  -May defer only the portion of taxes exceeding 5% of household income for the previous year (3% if 65 years old or older).
  -If household income is less than $10,000, the entire amount of tax may be deferred.
No deferral is allowed if the primary mortgage exceeds 70% of the assessed value of the homestead property.
All liens and deferred taxes may not exceed 85% of the assessed value of the homestead property.
The applicant must furnish proof of fire and extended coverage insurance in an amount in excess of all liens, deferred taxes, and interest with a loss payable clause to the Tax Collector.
Deferred taxes and interest will become payable under the following conditions:
  -A change in the use of the tax deferred property.
  -A change in the ownership.
  -Failure to maintain the required fire and extended insurance coverage.

To qualify for the deferred tax program, an applicant must provide proof of all household income even if a tax return was not filed with the Internal Revenue Service.

If you require additional information, please call us at 772.462.1650.

   

Partial Payments - Passed by Legislature in 2009

Instead of paying your taxes in full all at once, you may make up to 3 partial payments on your property tax bill. If you elect to make partial payments, a $10.00 processing fee will be charged for each payment.

No discounts will be allowed on partial payments.

Discounts are allowed on the "Installment Plan" (see accompanying brochure for details).

A minimum of $100 must be paid on each partial payment. Tax certificates will be sold on any unpaid portion of the tax liability. If you wish to make partial payments, sign and date the Partial Payment Affidavit below and send it in with your payment. No additional bills will be sent for partial payments except a final reminder bill in March for any outstanding balances.

Get the Partial Payment Affidavit here.

   

Explanation of the Tax Bill

For your receipt, keep the upper portion of the bill and your canceled check, or the bank supplied image of your canceled check. No receipts will be mailed, unless a self-addressed and stamped envelope is returned with your payment.

A receipt can also be printed from TaxSys our public web site. Enter your name or parcel ID to locate you account, then choose "Print This Bill (PDF)". The paid date, amount, and receipt number will become part of this bill, after your payment has been posted.

Return the lower part of the bill with your payment. Please do not write on this portion.

Sample Tax Bill


1. Account Number: This is a unique number assigned to each property. Please refer to this number if you have any questions.

2. Legal Description: Verify the legal description. If any errors are found, notify the Property Appraiser's Office immediately.

3. Property Owner(s): Verify the ownership. If you have sold this property, forward the notice to the new owners or return it to the Tax Collector's Office.

4. Mailing Address: If your mailing address has changed, complete the address change form located in the informational pamphlet supplied with your tax bill. Please do not write on the portion of the tax bill being returned.

5. Total Taxes And Assessments: No discounts have been subtracted from this amount. See boxes on bottom of bill for the correct amount to pay.

6. Amount Due: Pay only one amount. The totals in each box already reflect the discount.

7. Delinquent Tax Due: If this message appears on your bill, back taxes are due. Please contact the Tax Collector's Ft. Pierce office and the Port St. Lucie Office.

   

Employment Opportunities

Job Opening: St. Lucie County Tax Collector
Part Time, Customer Service Rep


Qualified candidates for the position should fill-out and print the application and mail to, or deliver in person, to the Tax Collector’s, Human Resources Manager, at either the Ft. Pierce or Port St. Lucie office.

Another option is you may email the completed application directly to our office by sending it to taxcollector@tcslc.com using the local or online email program of your choice.

Get the application here.

   

Contact Information

Chris Craft, St. Lucie County Tax Collector's Office

Send email to: taxcollector@tcslc.com


Fort Pierce office
2300 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34982

Port St. Lucie office
1664 SE Walton Road
East of US #1, Suite 101

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 308
Ft. Pierce, FL 34954-0308

Make checks payable to
Chris Craft, Tax Collector St. Lucie County

Telephone Number - 772.462.1650
Office Hours - 9:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays
Driver License, Closed at 4:30PM
observed holidays


Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are PUBLIC RECORDS. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

   

Corner of Virginia Avenue and South 25th Street

Fort Pierce Office

Tax Collector, St. Lucie County
2300 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34982
map/directions (off site link)

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 308, Ft. Pierce, FL 34954-0308
Telephone Number - 772.462.1650
Office Hours - 9:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays
Driver License, Closed at 4:30PM
observed holidays


East on Walton Road, across from the Fire House

Port St. Lucie Office

Tax Collector, St. Lucie County
1664 SE Walton Road
East of US #1, Suite 101
map/directions (off site link)

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 308, Ft. Pierce, FL 34954-0308
Telephone Number - 772.462.1650
Office Hours - 9:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays
Driver License, Closed at 4:30PM
observed holidays

Observed Holidays

The Tax Collector's Office is scheduled to be closed in observance of the following holidays.


2013
November 28 & 29, (Thursday & Friday) Thanksgiving
December 24 & 25, (Tuesday & Wednesday) Christmas


2014
January 1, (Wednesday) New Year's Day observance
January 20, (Monday) Martin Luther King, Jr., Day
February 17, (Monday) Presidents' Day
April 18, (Friday) Good Friday
May 26, (Monday) Memorial Day
July 4 (Friday) Independence Day
September 1, (Monday) Labor Day
November 11, (Tuesday) Veteran's Day
November 27 & 28, (Thursday & Friday) Thanksgiving
December 25 & 26, (Thursday & Friday) Christmas


2015
January 1, (Thursday) New Year's Day observance

Learn The Basics

Florida law requires that all real estate taxes be paid by March 31 each year. If those taxes are not paid, the law requires Tax Collectors to conduct an auction and sell "tax certificates" on or before June 1st. A tax certificate sale in not a sale of land, but rather is a lien against the subject property. Delinquent taxes are advertised in a local newspaper prior to the tax certificate sale. The tax certificate sale is open to the public and participants purchase the certificates as investments. The tax certificate sale is conducted in a manner similar to an auction but is different from a typical auction in that bidders are bidding on rates of interest. In essence, the bidders are extending a loan at a specific interest rate, to pay the delinquent taxes for the property owners.

The tax certificate sale is conducted electronically over the internet on or shortly before June 1 of each year. The bidder who is willing to accept the lowest rate of interest is awarded the certificate. He or she will then pay to the Tax Collector, the delinquent taxes, late-payment penalties, costs of the sale, and advertising charges. The total amount paid for each certificate becomes the "face" value of the certificate. The bidder will earn interest on the face of the certificate at the rate he or she bid, from June 1st to the date the certificate is "redeemed" by the property owner. Interest is calculated using the simple interest method and regardless of when the certificate is redeemed, the certificate holder will earn a minimum of 5 percent unless the interest bid was zero percent.

Certificates that do not receive any bids are "struck off" to the County at 18 percent. The County pays no money for the certificates and the Tax Collector holds them as the County's custodian. After the tax sale, members of the public are allowed to examine the County's certificates in the Tax Collector's office and can purchase them by paying all delinquent taxes, costs, and accrued interest. Certificates can be transferred to another individual by paying a small fee to the Tax Collector.

Property owners who eventually redeem their tax certificates are required to pay to the Tax Collector the face of the certificate, all accrued interest, and a redemption fee. The face amount plus accrued interest is remitted to the bidders on a weekly basis. Bidder checks are issued every Monday for those certificates redeemed Monday through Friday of the prior week. All interest paid to bidders is reported to the Internal Revenue Service annually. Forms 1099 are remitted to the bidders for interest paid to them by the Collector each year.

Property owners who still have not paid their delinquent real estate taxes within two years after the taxes became delinquent are risking forfeiture of their property in a "tax deed sale". After two years, a certificate holder may apply to the Tax Collector for a tax deed by surrendering his or her certificate(s) on the property, redeeming all other outstanding certificates, and paying certain other fees and costs including the current taxes. After the tax deed application is received and all amounts are paid, the Tax Collector notifies the Clerk of the Circuit Court. The Clerk of the Circuit Court notifies the property owner, lien holders, and then advertises the pending tax deed sale. If taxes remain unpaid the actual real estate is then auctioned to the highest bidder by the Clerk of the Circuit Court. The minimum or opening bid is the sum of all taxes, interest, costs and fees paid up until the sale. If the property is homestead property, one-half of the latest assessed value of the property must be added to the minimum opening bid. The tax deed applicant receives his money back from the sale proceeds plus one and one-half percent interest per month from the time the application is made until the land is sold.

Prospective bidders who plan to participate in the tax certificate sale should research the properties on which they plan to bid. Some of the parcels may be easements, landlocked property, alleyways, or other property that has little or no value. There are no guarantees that tax certificates will turn out to be good investments. By law, certificates are canceled after seven years unless extended by some administrative action such as bankruptcy. Certificates can be canceled due to certain statutory errors, in which case the bidder will receive 8 percent interest or the bid amount, whichever is lower.

The tax certificate sale is a method by which the various taxing authorities may still receive tax revenue when property owners do not pay their taxes. The taxing authorities receive money that funds their budgets and certificate buyers earn interest on their investments. The tax certificate sale should not be considered a direct way to obtain land. If you have specific questions concerning the tax certificate sale call 800.410.3445 for assistance.

   

2012 Electronic Tax Certificate Sale

Tax Certificate Sale May 22 and 23, 2014

The Tax Certificate Sale will be conducted electronically on the internet on May 22 and 23, 2014. The website to bid will come up three weeks before the sale and allow bidders to register, get familiar with the site and place their bids. There are instructions and help phone numbers on how to use the site.

The delinquent list will be published in the Saint Lucie News Tribune on May 7th, 14th and 21st. The publication will also contain information about the website.

The "Electronic Tax Certificate Sale" website address is www.bidstlucie.com This website will be open on May 7, 2014

   

Tax Certificate Directory

The Tax Certificate Sale will be conducted electronically on the internet on May 22 and 23, 2014. The website to bid will come up three weeks before the sale and allow bidders to register, get familiar with the site and place their bids. There are instructions and help phone numbers on how to use the site. For more information please read the "The Basics", or get the "Instruction Packet" in PDF format. See below to get "ADOBE READER".

The delinquent list will be published in the Saint Lucie News Tribune on May 7th, 14th and 21st. The publication will also contain information about the website. The website BidStlucie will be open on May 7, 2014.

Notice Of Sale: Notice is hereby given that the supplemental real estate tax certificate sale will commence at 10:00 a.m. on May 22 and 23, 2014. Tax Certificates will be sold to pay the delinquent taxes due, interest, costs of the sale, and advertising. The delinquent taxes include ad valorem taxes (both county and city), and non-ad valorem special assessments.

Go directly to the tax sale at BidStlucie


Download Data
 
All prior year county held certificates, are available for purchase.

TaxSys - Public Access, Data Search and Reports:

    Real Estate Tax Sale Advertisement, available for download on May 7 2014
    Tangible Tax Sale Advertisement, available for download on May 7 2014

    Public Access, Property Tax Account Search
    Online Reports, Public Access
    Instructions, Public Access

    Land Use Codes - List
    County Map of Parcel Id's

Click the icon to download and install ADOBE READER       

   

County Held Certificates

Tax certificates not purchased at the annual tax certificate sale are struck to St. Lucie County. Click one of the links below for a list of accounts and amounts of taxes due on tax certificates held by the county. These certificates can be purchased over the counter or through the mail at an interest rate of 18%. Certificate buyers should be aware there are inherent risks involved with buying tax certificates and those risks are borne by the certificate holder.

To purchase a county certificate you must submit payment in guaranteed funds (cashiers' check, money order, cash, etc.) for the total purchase price. A completed W-9 and Bidder Application will also be required. These forms must be in the name you wish to use for certificate purchases. Please include an address and an employer identification number or a social security number, and a telephone number and/or e-mail address so you can be contacted if there are any questions.

If you would like to transfer all rights, title, and interest to another person or company, you will need to complete the Endorsement Form, Transfer Of Tax Certificate form.

If you have questions please contact the Delinquent Tax Department at 772.462.1650.

Get the County Held Certificates for Purchase report:    click here
See instructions below.

After choosing the above link "click here", use the following instructions;

In TaxSys the "public access system", choose "All County Held Certs" from the reports list box on the left, then click the "View Selected Report" button. The selection information may be changed to customize the report, such as entering a parcel ID in the "Account Number" field, or changing the "Cert Status" to "Redeemed".

Certificates will continue to be offered on a first come basis. If you have questions please contact the Delinquent Tax Department at the main office.