Each and every bidder (hereafter “end user,” “bidding entity,”
“you,” “user,” or “person”) desiring to bid in the 2018 Charlotte
County Tax Certificate Sale must agree to the terms and conditions of
this policy, as well as sign and date the Participating Bidder
Agreement below concerning fair bidding practices incorporated herein
by reference and made a part of the policies governing the 2018 tax
certificate sale. By clicking “I AGREE” below, you have agreed to
be bound by the policies set forth below including the Participating
The 2018 tax certificate sale shall be conducted in accordance with
Florida Statutes. The Tax Collector will conduct the sale of tax
certificates for unpaid taxes by electronic means, which allows
for proxy bidding. The tax certificate sale will be uniform, fair,
efficient, and accountable for all bidders registered to bid in the
Each and every bidder may register to bid so long as the Bidder
complies with Florida law and this Tax Collector policy. The Tax
Collector reserves the right to require a Bidder Agreement from every
Bidder. Failure to comply with the policy of the Charlotte County Tax
Sale will result in forfeiture of tax certificates awarded.
Proxy bidding by electronic agent: “Proxy bidding” means a method of
bidding by which a bidder authorizes an agent, whether an individual or
an electronic agent, to place bids on his or her behalf. The 2018 Tax
Certificate auction software utilized by Tax Collector does utilize an
electronic agent to bid on each person’s behalf by proxy to ensure that
the low bidder receives the certificate at the quartile rate of
interest immediately below the next highest bidder. This does not apply
to bids of 0%. For bids of 0%, the certificate will be awarded at
Proxy bidding by individual agent: You may authorize another person to
place a bid(s) on your behalf so long as agent complies with the
policies of the sale and completes and submits the Participating Bidder
Agreement incorporated herein by reference.
The Tax Collector shall accept bids in even increments and in
fractional interest rate bids of one-quarter of 1 percent only.
If multiple bidders offer the same lowest rate of interest, the Tax
Collector shall determine the method of selecting the bidder to whom
the certificate will be awarded. For purposes of determining the
person who wins the certificate in case of a tie bid, the Tax Collector
will utilize a random number generator.
Each certificate shall be awarded to the person who will pay the
taxes, interest, costs, charges and who will demand the lowest rate of
interest, not in excess of the maximum rate of interest allowed by
Florida law. Any person who fails or refuses to pay any bid made by, or
on behalf of, such person is not entitled to bid or have any other bid
accepted or enforced except as authorized by the Tax Collector.
The holder of a tax certificate may not directly, through an agent,
or otherwise initiate contact with the owner of property upon which he
or she holds a tax certificate to encourage or demand payment until 2
years after April 1 of the year of issuance of the tax certificate.
If a certificate is not purchased, the certificate shall be struck
to the county at the maximum rate of interest allowed. All tax
certificates issued to an individual may be transferred at any time
before they are redeemed or a tax deed is executed. The tax
collector shall record the transfer on the record of tax certificates
sold. The tax collector shall receive $2.25 as a service charge
for each transfer.
By electronically signing this agreement below, I declare under
penalty of perjury pursuant to Chapter 837, Florida Statutes, that I
have read the foregoing agreement and that the facts stated in it are
true; that I understand whoever knowingly makes a false statement in
writing with the intent to mislead a public servant in the performance
of his/her official duty shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second
degree, punishable as provided in Sections 775.082 or 775.083; that I
am a duly authorized agent, officer, or representative for the Bidder
named on the W-9 Form I submitted; and that I have received, understand
and agree to abide by the aforementioned polices of the Tax Collector
governing the 2018 tax certificate sale incorporated herein by
reference; tax certificate bidder/buyer.
I agree that in the event I have questions, comments, concerns about a
stated violation of these policies by the Tax Collector, I will contact
the Tax Collector or his/her designee and I will abide by and respect
the determination of the Tax Collector as to any determinations as to
the application of the policies of this tax certificate sale.
I agree that if the tax certificate bidder/buying entity that I
represent are challenged by the Charlotte County Tax Collector with
respect to an asserted violation of the above policies, any and all
disputes with respect thereto shall have exclusive venue and
jurisdiction in the Circuit Court of Charlotte County.