The Kent County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to cancel the 2020 tax sale, and they will forgive interest on delinquent taxes that accrue between March 1 and Oct. 1. 

The unanimous vote came on the recommendation of Kent County Chief Finance Officer Pat Merritt.

She said with the COVID-19 state of emergency still in effect it would be better to cancel the tax sale for 2020 and look ahead to the 2021 tax sale. The commissioners will consider a date for the 2021 tax sale before the end of this year.

If Gov. Larry Hogan lifts the state of emergency before Oct. 1, the commissioners will still stick to the Oct. 1 date. However, the interest will begin to accrue starting Oct. 1 even if the state of emergency is still in effect.