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7/24/20 COVID-19 Disaster Proclamation Defined

  • Vehicle Registration (This section will not be extended beyond July 25): No penalty will be assessed on unpaid annual registrations with a renewal month of January, February, March, April, May, June, or July until September 1.  On September 1, any unpaid annual registrations for the previously mentioned renewal months will begin to be assessed penalty of 5% of the amount due per vehicle per month, considering September as the first month, with a minimum of $5 per vehicle.  Registration renewal months prior to January were not covered in the proclamation and continue to accrue penalty at the standard rate.
  • Vehicle Title Transfer (This section will not be extended beyond July 25): If you purchased or transferred a vehicle between February 13 and March 14 please refer to Appendix A below to determine your deadline to apply for a title and registration without late penalty.  If you purchased or transferred a vehicle from March 15 through July 25 your new deadline to apply for a title and registration is August 24.  Vehicles purchased or transferred prior to February 13 or after July 25 are not included in the proclamation and are assessed late penalty according to the standard 30-day requirement.
  • Vehicle Purchase From A Dealer (This section will not be extended beyond July 25): If you purchased a vehicle from a dealer between January 31 and March 15, please refer to Appendix B below to determine when you need to switch from the temporary license plate issued by the dealer to permanent license plates.  If you purchased a vehicle from a dealer from March 16 through July 25 you will need to switch from the temporary license plate issued by the dealer to permanent license plates before September 9.  Vehicles purchased from a dealer prior to January 31 or after July 25 are not included in the proclamation and are required to display permanent license plates according to the standard 45-day requirement.
  • Property Tax – JULY 31 EXPIRATION: Late interest on unpaid property taxes, due to accrue in April, May, June, and July has been waived. On August 1, late interest, at the rate of 1.5% per month, will apply to all outstanding property taxes and will continue to accrue at the beginning of each month until the property taxes are fully paid.
  • Property Tax – JULY 31 EXPIRATION: The ninety-day redemption period is suspended for all notices of expiration of the right of redemption. Notices may continue to be served, however the ninety-day redemption period will not expire while the proclamation is in effect.  If the ninetieth day falls during the proclamation period (April 24 – July 31) the expiration of the right of redemption is extended through the last day of the proclamation.  During this time, tax sale redemptions will continue to be processed by the Treasurer’s Office.
  • Property Tax: If the ninety-day redemption period is extended and redemption is not done before the proclamation expires, the tax sale certificate holder has ninety calendar days, beginning with the first day the proclamation has expired, to return the certificate of purchase and remit the deed issuance fee and recording fee to the county treasurer or the certificate will be canceled.
  • Property Tax: No tax sale deeds will be issued during the proclamation period (April 24 – July 31). If the ninety-day redemption period expired prior to April 24, the tax sale certificate holder is still required to return the certificate of purchase and remit the deed issuance fee and recording fee to the county treasurer within ninety calendar days after the redemption period expired or we will cancel the certificate.  If a certificate of purchase is returned to us with the required fees within ninety calendar days after the redemption period expired, the tax sale deed will be issued once the proclamation has expired. 
  • Property Tax: The Treasurer’s requirement to mail notice of unpaid taxes on May 1 and apply a four-dollar service fee to the outstanding balance is delayed to an undetermined date sometime after July 31. If the annual tax sale is canceled, the required notice of unpaid taxes will not be mailed and the four-dollar service fee will not be applied to the outstanding balance.  A courtesy delinquent notice will be mailed in early August to provide notification of unpaid taxes.
  • Property Tax: The annual tax sale and all adjourned tax sales are delayed to an undetermined date sometime after July 31. It is a possibility the annual tax sale will be canceled for this year.
  • Property Tax: Tax sale interest for May was waived on all tax sales redeemed on May 1 through May 27. On May 28, the tax sale interest for May was reinstated.


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