Where Do Your Tax Dollars Go?
The pie chart above provides a visual break down of where your tax dollars are spent. In general, for 2019, 49.85% is levied by the School Board, 49.87% is levied by the County and 0.28% is levied by the Northwest Florida Water Management District (NWFWM) based on 2019 final millage rates set by the respective taxing authority.
Every property taxpayer will pay ad valorem (according to your value) taxes to the County, School Board and Northwest Florida Water Management District. If you are within city limits, you will pay city taxes to the City of Milton, City of Gulf Breeze or the Town of Jay. These are also ad valorem taxes, based on the assessed value of your property.
Midway Fire District and Avalon-Mulat Fire District taxes are also ad valorem based. The City of Milton and the Holley-Navarre Fire District set their own Fire Assessment rates. All other taxpayers are assessed a fire tax set by the County for your respective Fire Department, and that fire tax is a uniform flat fee. For more information on County Fire Rates, call (850) 983-5360.
The Property Appraiser is only responsible for setting the assessed value of your home. The assessed value, less any exemptions, is then multiplied by the millage rate set by the individual taxing authority to determine the amount of your ad valorem taxes. For your convenience, we have provided contact information for each of the taxing authorities mentioned above:
6495 Caroline Street, Suite M, Milton, FL 32570
5086 Canal Street, Milton, FL 32570
85 Water Management Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
1070 Shoreline Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
6738 Dixon Street, Milton, FL 32570
3695 Highway 4, Jay, FL 32565
5408 Mulat Road, Milton, FL 32583
8618 Explanade Street, Navarre, FL 32566
1322 College Parkway, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563
In addition to these taxes, you may be assessed non-ad valorem taxes for MSBU’s or Municipal Service Benefit Units. These include street lighting, sewer/water, road paving, etc. All questions concerning MSBU’s should be directed to the County Budget office at (850) 983-1853. The Property Appraiser’s office does not initiate, establish nor maintain MSBU’s.