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TAX COLLECTOR'S LETTER REGARDING UNPAID TAXES NOTIFICATION


TAX COLLECTOR'S LETTER REGARDING UNPAID TAXES NOTIFICATION


09/27/99 - BARTOW

Tax Collector's Letter Regarding Unpaid Taxes Notification

To Readers Of The Ledger:

Recently you may have received a large supplement in your newspaper entitled, "Notice Of Unpaid 1998 Real Estate Taxes". I know from inquiries to the Tax Collector's Office, many of you are wondering why? I would The advertisement of delinquent property taxes in a newspaper of local circulation is required by state law. The law also specifies how and when the advertisements are to be placed. In this case, delinquent real estate taxes were advertised three times in only 1,200 newspapers.

Based on a bidding process, the newspaper is selected on the basis of the lowest advertising price. This year the lowest price was quoted by The Ledger. The cost of advertising is paid for by delinquent property owners.

The law requiring these advertisements initially served to notify investors about the impending sale of tax certificates. Attracting investors to tax certificate sales is deemed important to promote competitive bidding, which helps insure the integrity of tax certificate sales.

Given the advances in communications, the local newspaper advertising requirement has become an issue for debate. While newspaper advertising is important, many Tax Collector's, including myself, believe this advertising requirement, in its current form, is too inflexible. Simply put, publishing pages upon pages of delinquent tax information may no longer be the most effective and efficient method of attracting investors to every tax certificate sale held throughout Florida.

I encourage our citizens, who remain concerned about this issue, to contact their state legislator. s office and let them know what they think about this state requirement.

Sincerely,

Your Tax Collector - Joe G. Tedder, CFC

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