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CLERK’S OFFICE MOVING TAX DEED SALES ONLINE

Online move will save staff time, allow more people the chance to participate

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (May 9, 2012) – Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock is pleased to announce the Clerk’s office is moving tax deed sales from the courthouse to the Internet, with online auctions scheduled to begin in June.

The online auctions will save time and resources for the Clerk’s office, at no additional cost to taxpayers. The online tax deed sales will be facilitated by Grant Street Group, which also supports online foreclosure sales for the Clerk’s office.

Tax deed sales are the auction of properties on which tax certificates have been sold by the Tax Collector’s office for delinquent real estate taxes. The Clerk & Comptroller’s office conducts the sale.

“Online foreclosure auctions have helped us and our customers to be more effective and efficient, and I expect our online tax deed sales will have similar impact,” Clerk Bock said. “This also brings a heightened level of transparency to the process, which is very important to our office.”

Holding tax deed sales online will save time for the Clerk’s office, since conducting sales in person requires three to four clerks to spend between four to six hours working at one auction. It also will allow more people to take part in the sales, since bidders won’t have to come to the Main Courthouse to participate.

The tax deed sales, currently held once or twice a month on Wednesdays in the cafeteria of the Main Courthouse in West Palm Beach, will move to www.mypalmbeachclerk.clerkauction.com. The first online tax deed sale will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13.

The Clerk’s office will hold three training sessions for anyone interested in learning more about online tax deed sales. The sessions are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, and 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, May 18.

The training sessions will be in the Clerk & Comptroller’s Learning Center on the fifth floor of the Main Courthouse, 205 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. To register for a training session, call 561-355-3312. 

For more information about tax deed auctions, please visit the Tax Deed Sales page on www.mypalmbeachclerk.com, or call (561) 355-2962.

The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents.  In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.

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