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County-held tax certificates are those issued in the name of Manatee County. There are two scenarios in which this occurs:
If a property has a homestead exemption and less than $250 in delinquent taxes, the tax certificate cannot be sold at auction but must instead be issued to the county at the maximum rate of interest allowed by law (18%).
If there are no bidders for the delinquent taxes on a property, the tax certificate is issued to the county.