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CAFR

Please click here to view a current list of the Walton County CAFR. The CAFR is written for the financially-oriented reader who has a strong interest in an in-depth, detailed explanation of how funds are spent in Walton County. Please note: These are large documents.

Annual Citizens Report

Please click here to view the lastest Annual Citizens Reports for Walton County.
Fraud, Waste, & Abuse

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Public Records

Board Minutes

The Walton County Clerk of Courts is pleased to offer Internet access to the minutes of the Walton County Board of County Commissioners.

The minutes of each meeting are produced as expeditiously as possible so the Board of County Commissioners can review and approve them at its next regular meeting. However, meeting minutes are not posted to this site until the Board of County Commissioners officially approves them in session.

The Walton County Board of County Commissioners holds three regular meetings each month: the first Tuesday at 5:00pm, the second Tuesday at 4:00 p.m., and the fourth Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. Each meeting is preceded with presentations by county staff.

Meetings are normally held in the at the Coastal Branch Library for the first Tuesday and the fourth Tuesday at the Commissioners' Boardroom on the 2nd floor of the Walton County Courthouse in DeFuniak Spring. The second Tuesday meeting is held at a location To Be Announced.

All special meetings are advertised in local newspapers and on local radio stations.

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Official Records

As County Recorder, the Clerk accepts certain documents that are numbered and placed in the Official Records of the County. Upon payment of the statutory fees, the Clerk of the Circuit Court will record a variety of instruments, such as: deeds, leases, bills of sale, agreements, mortgages, judgments, claims of lien, satisfactions, certificates of discharge from military service and any other instrument required or authorized by law to be recorded.

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You may now record Official Records at either of our two locations:
Walton County Courthouse
571 U. S. Highway 90 East, Room 208
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433 or

Walton County Courthouse Annex
31 Coastal Centre Boulevard
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459

Recording Requirements

Prepared Document

Recording fee: $10.00 – first page of each document; $8.50 – each additional page of each document; $1.00 per name over first four names in each document

State Documentary Stamps: $.70 per $100.00 on any transfer of real property; $.35 per $100.00 on any mortgage or assumption of mortgage

Intangible Tax, Class "C" on real estate mortgages: .002 x mortgage amount

Declaration of Domicile

A Declaration of Domicile is a sworn statement that you are a bona fide resident and maintain a place of abode in this county.

A Declaration of Domicile is not an application for Homestead Exemption. You should contact the Property Appraiser's office at (850) 892-8123 for more information on homestead exemption.

Notice of Commencement

A Notice of Commencement is a notarized statement filed with the Clerk of Court, authorizing and detailing work to be performed, legal description, and name and address of individual requesting work.

The owner must sign the Notice of Commencement and no one else is authorized to sign in his stead.
The building permit number must be placed on the Notice of Commencement prior to recording.

A certified copy of the Notice of Commencement is required to be posted on the job site prior to commencement of construction.

Forms for a Notice of Commencement can be obtained from the Walton County Building Department, or any office supply store that carries legal forms.

Fictitious Name

Fictitious name registration is filed with the Office of the Secretary of State.

Fictitious name registration packets may be obtained from the Clerk's office, or you may contact the Secretary of State at:

Fictitious Name Registration
P. O. Box 1300
Tallahassee, FL 32302-1300
(850) 488-9000
Internet: http://www.dos.state.fl.us

Tax Deed Sales

Property owners are required to pay property taxes on an annual basis to the County Tax Collector. If the owner fails to pay his/her taxes, a tax certificate will be sold by the Tax Collector at a date and time advertised by the Tax Collector.

A tax certificate may be held for a minimum of two (2) years but not more than seven (7) years. At any time between the second and seventh year, the certificate holder may request the sale of the property to satisfy the certificate. The certificate holder must apply for the tax deed sale by presenting the original certificate to the Tax Collector. For more information about tax certificates, you should contact the Walton County Tax Collector's office.

The Tax Collector then certifies the tax deed application over to the Clerk, who computes the base bid and charges the certificate holder for the costs of holding the sale. The Clerk's fee is $60.00 for each application, and other varying costs for advertising, sheriff's service fees, and certified mail must be paid before the sale date is set. Once the costs have been paid, the Clerk sets a sale date, notifies the certificate holder, the property owner, and all lien holders, and the sale is held in accordance with Florida Statutes.

Notices of pending tax deed sales are published in a newspaper with local circulation. Tax deed files are available for inspection at the Walton County Courthouse, located at 571 U. S. Highway 90 East, DeFuniak Springs, Florida, Room 208, or the Walton County Courthouse Annex, 31 Coastal Centre Boulevard, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Central Time. You must do your own research for the property involved. You may check on property improvements with the Walton County Property Appraiser's office.

Tax deed sales are conducted at 11:00 a.m. Central Time, in the front lobby on the second floor of the Walton County Courthouse in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. Anyone may bid on the property, and must register with the tax deed clerk prior to the sale. The clerk announces each application, along with the name of owner and legal description, and the base bid. The floor is then opened for verbal bidding. Each bidder should announce his name with their first bid. If the bidder is acting in a representative capacity, he should identify the person he is representing. Each bidder must call out the actual amount of their bid. The property is sold to the highest bidder.

At the time of the sale, the successful high bidder must post with the Clerk a cash, nonrefundable bond of $200.00, along with the recording fee and state documentary stamps of .70 per $100.00 of the bid, or fraction thereof. The remainder of the bid is due within 24 hours. Payment must be made in the form of cash, cashier's check, or money order. Payment should be made to the tax deed clerk at the Clerk's office, Room 208, Walton County Courthouse, DeFuniak Springs, Florida. Upon payment of the remainder of the bid, the Clerk will issue a tax deed to the property. The sale is final when the tax deed is signed by the Clerk. The property owner may redeem his/her property by paying all back taxes and costs up until the Clerk of Court signs the tax deed.

If the certificate holder is not the successful bidder, he/she is reimbursed all monies paid, plus interest earned from the monies received from the successful bidder. Valid liens are then paid out of the monies received. Notarized claims must be submitted to the Clerk's office to substantiate a claim. The former property owner may claim any excess funds. If no claims are made on the excess funds, these funds are turned over to the Board of County Commissioners 90 days after the sale.

The Clerk's office is not authorized to give legal advice. If you require legal advice, you should obtain it from an attorney or some other source. The Clerk's office assumes no responsibility for any encumbrances on any property offered for sale.

If you have additional questions concerning the procedure for tax deed sales held by the Clerk of the Court, please contact our office at (850) 892-8115 or (850) 267-3066.

Click here for a current listing of upcoming tax deed sales.

Mortgage Foreclosure Sales

Mortgage foreclosure sales are held at 11:00 a.m. Central Time, Mondays through Fridays. The sales are held in the front lobby on the second floor of the Walton County Courthouse, located at 571 U. S. Highway 90 East, DeFuniak Springs, Florida.

Notices about mortgage foreclosure sales are published in a newspaper with local circulation, once a week. You must do your own research for the property involved. The mortgage foreclosure court files and official records for the county are kept in the Civil Division of the office of the Clerk of Court, 571 U. S. Highway 90 East, Room 208, DeFuniak Springs, Florida. The court file contains information about the amount owed on the property, as well as the legal description of the property. However, the street address of the property will probably not appear in the court file. The status of property taxes can be checked at the office of the Walton County Tax Collector, located at 49 N. 6th Street, DeFuniak Springs, Florida. You can check on property improvements with the Walton County Property Appraiser's office, located at 650 E. Nelson Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, Florida.

Anyone may bid on the property, but they must appear at the sale in person, and register with the foreclosure clerk prior to the sale. The auctions begin at 11:00 a.m., Central Time. The clerk will announce the case number, names of the parties involved in the lawsuit, and the legal description of the property. The floor is then opened for verbal bids. Each bidder should announce their name with their first bid. If the bidder is acting in a representative capacity, he must identify the party he is representing. The actual amount of the bid should be called out.

At the time of the sale, the successful high bidder must post with the Clerk a non-refundable deposit equal to 5% of the final bid. This deposit may be in the form of cash, personal check, cashier's check, or money order, and will be applied to the sale price at the time of payment. If the final payment is not made within the prescribed time period, the Clerk will re-advertise the sale, resell the property, and pay all the costs of the sale from the deposit. Any remaining funds from the deposit will be applied toward the judgment.

The final payment is due before 4:00 p.m., Central Time on the day of the sale, unless stated otherwise in the judgment, and must be paid in the form of cash or cashier's check. When the final payment is made, the bidder must also pay a registry of court fee in addition to the sale amount. This fee is made up of 3% of the first $500.00 of the bid and 1.5% of the remaining balance. The registry fee is collected pursuant to section 28.24, Florida Statutes.

Payment is to be made to the foreclosure clerk at the office of the Clerk of Court, Room 208, Walton County Courthouse, DeFuniak Springs, Florida.

A Certificate of Title will be recorded after the tenth day from the date of the sale, if no objections to the sale are filed. The defendant has ten days after the sale to file an objection. If an objection is filed, the Judge will rule at a hearing as to whether or not a Certificate of Title is to be issued.

The Clerk's office assumes no responsibility for any encumbrances (judgments, mortgages, taxes, and other liens) on any property offered for sale. It is in your best interest to have a title search done by an attorney or title company. If the property is occupied, it is possible you will have to take legal action to get possession of the property. You may not have access to the property without permission of the owner. The Clerk's office assumes no responsibility for the availability of any property offered for sale.

The Clerk's office is not authorized to give legal advice. If you require legal advice, you should obtain it from an attorney or some other source.

If you have additional questions concerning the procedures for foreclosure sales held by the Clerk of Court, please contact our office at (850) 892-8115 or (850) 267-3066.

Click here for a current listing of upcoming foreclosure sales.