County delinquent tax property sale moved to July 2

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 22, 2020

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The Escambia County delinquent tax property sale has been postponed until July 2. According to County Tax Collector Tim Pettis, the Alabama Department of Finance Office of the Comptroller extended the county’s final settlement date to Aug. 31.

“Usually I have to settle up by July 10; I don’t have to settle up until Aug. 31 now,” said Pettis.

This extension is in place to allow county residents time to pay the existing balance before additional penalties are added to the total in May.

All property taxes were due in Oct. and became delinquent after Dec. 31. In the county, additional penalties will be added for any taxes not paid by May 20.

According to Pettis, the decision was made with the citizens’ best interest in mind.

Currently, there is approximately $200,000 left to collect for the county.

Tax payments can be made to the tax collector’s office via mail, over the phone, or by appointment only during the partial closure of the courthouse. Payments are accepted as certified funds, card, or cash.

Individuals are advised to send all certified funds—money order or certified check only—to P.O. Box 407, Brewton, Ala. 36427. Debit and credit card payments can be taken over the phone, and cash will be collected by appointment only.

“For the next two weeks, there will be 3 ladies in that office. They will be answering the phones,” said Pettis. For more information or assistance, individuals are encouraged to call the office at 251-867-0215 or 251-867-0213; or contact Pettis at 251-867-0209. “If you leave a name and number you will get called back,” said Pettis.

In other deadline extensions, all annual registration and renewal of vehicles during the month of March and April have been extended to May 15. According to the Alabama Department of Revenue, penalty charges will not be applied until May 18.