Delinquent property tax sale slated for Monday

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The first Monday in November means one thing — if you haven’t paid property taxes on your real estate, you better get moving.

Sumter County Treasurer/Tax Collector Carolina Richardson has been busy preparing for the annual delinquent tax sale, which begins promptly at 10 a.m. Monday in County Council chambers at 13 East Canal St. Richardson notes that taxes can be paid “up until we say ‘sold.’”

Bidders must bring a photo ID, current mailing address and phone number to register.

Registration has been going on for the last two weeks, and ends a half hour before bidding begins. Only one bidder card is registered to an individual, and all bidding must be done in person.

Bidding starts at amount of taxes owed — to include current year tax — and goes to the highest bidder.

Once the sale ends at 4 p.m., all bidders must pay with cash, a cashier’s check or money order. Bidding on a property but not paying makes one liable for a $300 fine, Richardson said.