We write in response to your October 18, 2019 request for information pursuant to the Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act (APRA). Your specific request is noted below along with our corresponding response.
This email is a formal request for a copy of your county’s “excess funds list,” which I believe is maintained by your department. In case of any confusion, by “excess funds” I mean monies collected when a property is sold at tax sale which are over and above the amount of property taxes/penalties and interest owed. I am only looking for uncollected excess funds on unredeemed properties.
The information I would like is the date of the tax sale, name of owner at the time of the tax sale, the tax identification number (sometimes called “Parcel Number” or “Parcel Identifier” or “Folio Number”), either the property address or owner’s mailing address, and the amount of surplus funds due the owner. If you have some portion of the above information available I am interested in what you do have available.
The Office of the General Treasurer does not maintain documents responsive to your request. You may wish to contact the Rhode Island Department of Revenue or the particular cities and towns from which you seek this information. To the extent you are seeking information about unclaimed property, you may find responsive information here: https://findrimoney.com/.
If you contend you have been denied access to public records, pursuant to R.I.G.L. § 38-2-8, you may appeal this decision to Amy Crane, General Counsel, 50 Service Avenue, 2nd Floor, Warwick, RI 02886. You may also file a complaint with the Department of the Attorney General, 150 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903 or the Rhode Island Superior Court of the county where the records are maintained.
Additional information regarding the Access to Public Records Act may be found at http://www.riag.ri.gov/civil/opengovernment.
Thank you for your interest in keeping government open and accountable to the public.