What is real property?
Real property is defined as land and all things attached to the land.
What is the date of assessment?
All assesments are effective as of January 1st.
Why does the Property Appraiser raise the values each year?
Under Florida law, all property is to be appraised at market value annually. The Property Appraiser has no authority to hold valuations steady from year to year. The Property Appraiser's valuations are audited each year by the Florida Department of Revenue.
We bought our home last year and the taxes were around $2000. I just received my Tax Notice for this year, and even with homestead exemption, my taxes have increased to $3,200!! What happened?
You have apparently purchased a home where the SOH cap has been in place for a long time (the previous owner lived there and had homestead exemption for many years.)
For example, suppose 10 years ago, the market value of this home was assessed and capped at $95,000. This same home would sell for around $175,000 today. Under the Save Our Homes (SOH) amendment, the market value would be $175,000, but the SOH value would be approximately $123,000. When this home is sold, the SOH cap is removed, and the new homeowner starts over with the market value as the assessed value, and the new homeowner’s cap will begin at that amount.
How does the Property Appraiser arrive at the value of my real property?
The Property Appraiser utilizes cost, income, and market information to determine the value of property. Residential property is primarily appraised based on the market value approach.
If I pay more for the property than the appraised value, will my appraisal increase immediately?
No. One sale will not generate a reappraisal of an entire neighborhood and not of your property alone. If your sale amount is extremely higher or lower than our appraised value, we may review your property for errors in our data.
What if I don't agreee with the appraised value the Property Appraiser has placed on my property?
Annually, generally during the latter part of August, each property owner is mailed a Notice of Proposed Property Taxes indicating their value and proposed taxes. Taxpayers have 25 days to informally confer with our staff regarding this value. If there is a dispute that cannot be resolved, the taxpayer may file a petition with the Value Adjustment Board seeking relief. Petitions are available in this office.
What do I do if I think my market value is too high
If your property's market value is greater than what you reasonably believe you can sell it for, then contact the Leon County Property Appraiser's Office at 606-6200.
What about taxes?
If you have a question about your proposed taxes, contact your taxing authorities. Each taxing authority will hold public hearings. The date and time of the hearing will be on your TRIM notice.
What constitutes an agricultural classification of property?
Only lands which are used primarily for bona fide (good faith commercial) agricultural purposes shall be classified as agricultural. Applications must be made in this office between January 1st and March 1st of each year.