2013 Property Tax Season Summary Released
West Palm Beach, FL - - - Anne Gannon, Constitutional Tax Collector, released the final numbers for 2013 Property Tax Season collection period. Her agency collected $2.77 billion or 91 percent of the $3.03 billion billed for the 2013 property tax season by March 31. The county’s average residential property bill was $4,520.96. The average commercial property tax bill was $22,828.81.
The 2013 Property Tax season opened early for payments for the first time in the agency’s history. The early opening gave property owners an additional 11 days to receive the 4% November discount.
One of Tax Collector Gannon’s priorities for the 2013 tax season was to increase the number of online payments. Online property tax payment transactions increased 31 percent over the 2012 tax season. Total online collections were $270 million or $73 million above last year. The office also worked with area banks to transition their “bill pay” transactions from mailed paper checks to electronic payments. This efficiency eliminated the hand processing of over 16,000 transactions representing $40.2 million in collections.
2013 Collections Based On Discount Period
The discount periods are defined in Florida law. Nearly 70 percent of all property tax payments are made in November which offers the largest discount.
Unpaid property taxes as of April 1 are delinquent. As of that date 35,479 taxpayers owed outstanding property taxes representing $109 million in revenue. Delinquent property taxes accrue 3 percent interest monthly plus advertising fees.
Properties with delinquent taxes after May 30 are listed in the 2014 Tax Certificate Auction scheduled for June 1. Florida law requires Tax Collectors hold an annual sale to recover uncollected taxes. Anyone interested in participating as a bidder in the online auction can go to www.palmbeachfl.realtaxlien.com for instructions.
For more information visit www.pbctax.com.
|Contact:||Anne Gannon, Constitutional Tax Collector|