PROPOSED PROPERTY TAXES AND BILLS
During the month of August the taxing authorities will mail each property owner a Notice Of
Proposed Property Taxes. This statement will identify the property by Parcel Number and very
brief legal description. It will list each taxing authority and itemize the actual amount of taxes for
last year, the proposed amount for this year and the rollback rate if no budget change is made.
At or near the bottom of the form will be your Market Value for last year, Market Value for this
year, your respective assessed values for each year, your exemptions and the taxable values.
Florida's Constitution and state law require that all assessments be made at market value.
Certain homestead residential properties show an assessed value different from market value
due to application of the constitutional limitation on increases as a result of "Save Our Homes."
If you have any questions about your property's appraisal or how it was determined, I encourage
you to contact this office. A staff member will be happy to discuss your assessment with you and
will be able to show you the information that led us to your property's value. Our office maintains
current records on all real estate market activities which are available for your review.
After meeting with an appraiser and examining the relevant data, you have the right to file a
petition with the Value Adjustment Board (VAB) if you still believe that your property is less
valuable. Petition forms are available at the Property Appraiser's office. The deadline for filing a
petition is 25 days from the mailing of your notice. You must file on or before this date to have
your appraisal considered. There will be a $15.00 fee payable at filing.
On the other hand, if you have a question about your proposed taxes or any of the proposed
budgets, you should contact the taxing authority directly. The Property Appraiser has no role in
establishing tax rates or levying special non-ad valorem assessments.
Tax rate (millage) is set by the various taxing authorities as shown on your proposed tax notice.
These entities are authorized to levy taxes on real estate and tangible personal property to fund
their operations and services. The tax rate is determined by dividing the taxing authority's
proposed budget by the total assessed value of all non-exempt property within the taxing district.
Taxpayers are given an opportunity through one or more public hearings on the proposed budget
to comment on planned expenditures. The tax rate is based upon the final budget approved by
the taxing authority following the hearing(s).
Your November tax bill is calculated by multiplying your property's assessed value (less any
exemptions) times the tax (millage) rates set by each taxing district in which your property is
For additional information please contact this office.
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