Real estate taxes become delinquent each year on April 1st. Delinquent taxes must be paid by cash, cashiers check, or money order. The date the payment is received in the office determines the amount due. Florida Statutes require the Tax Collector to advertise the delinquent parcels in a local newspaper, once a week for three consecutive weeks, and prior to the tax certificate sale. The Walton County Tax Collector advertises the delinquent parcels in the DeFuniak Herald. The cost of advertising is added to the delinquent taxpayer’s bill.