CLAY COUNTY – Tracy Scott Drake, the Clay County Property Appraiser, announced that Notice of Proposed Property Tax forms, also known as Truth in Millage (TRIM) notices, were mailed to all Clay …
CLAY COUNTY – Tracy Scott Drake, the Clay County Property Appraiser, announced that Notice of Proposed Property Tax forms, also known as Truth in Millage (TRIM) notices, were mailed to all Clay County property owners on Aug. 9.
Florida law requires the TRIM notice to be prepared and mailed each year by the property appraiser on behalf of the taxing authorities. Although the TRIM notice is not a tax bill, it is intended to notify property owners of possible changes that may appear on the November tax bill. Therefore, property owners are encouraged to review the information and deadlines carefully.
The property appraiser is responsible for annually administering exemptions and estimating the value of all property as of Jan. 1. The TRIM notice displays three values: market value, assessed value, and taxable value. The market value is the most probable sale price (on January 1, 2022), and may increase or decrease as the market dictates. Due to the upward direction of the real estate market in 2021, the majority of properties in Clay County experienced an increase in market value. Although market values have increased, the assessed value of properties with an existing homestead exemption will be limited to a 3% increase and non-homestead residential and commercial properties will be limited to a 10% – except for properties with new construction, additions and/or renovations. It is important to remember that although assessed value increases may be limited, property taxes are not.
Ad valorem property taxes are calculated as follows: Taxable Value x Millage Rate = Property Taxes. The taxable value is the assessed value minus any exemptions and is estimated by the property appraiser. The millage rates are established by the taxing authorities.
Property owners who have questions regarding an exemption status or a property’s value are encouraged to contact the property appraiser’s office for an informal review. This informal review can be handled in person, by telephone, email or mail. A property owner also has the option to file a formal appeal with the county Value Adjustment Board by the deadline listed on the bottom of the TRIM notice on Sept. 13. This date is also the absolute deadline for the property appraiser to accept late-filed applications for exemptions, assessment reductions and agricultural classifications.
The back of the TRIM notice displays public hearing dates and explanations of the various columns to assist property owners in understanding the notice. By law, each taxing authority must establish maximum millage rates necessary to fund their proposed budgets. The millage rates can be reduced prior to the mailing of the November tax bills. Property owners who are concerned or have questions regarding proposed budgets, millage rates or resulting taxation levels, should contact the taxing authorities or attend the budget hearings listed on the notice.
Additional information including a TRIM Guide, detailed property record cards, Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions are available on the property appraiser’s website at www.ccpao.com.
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