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Real Estate Taxes

“Ad valorem” is a Latin phrase meaning “according to worth.” Ad valorem taxes are levied on real property and objects of tangible personal property. Ad valorem taxes are collected on an annual basis. Collection of the real estate taxes and non-ad valorem special assessments begins November 1st for the tax year January through December. The office of the Property Appraiser establishes the value of the property and the Board of County Commissioners and other taxing authorities set the respective millage rates.

Using the ad valorem values, and allowing for exemptions, the tax roll is completed by the Property Appraiser. The certified non-ad valorem assessments roll is merged with the certified ad valorem roll. From this information, the Tax Collector prints and mails the tax notice to the owner’s last recorded address as it appears on the tax roll. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH PROPERTY OWNER TO SEE THAT THEIR TAXES ARE PAID, AND THAT THEY DO INDEED RECEIVE A TAX BILL. In the case where the property owner’s taxes are paid through an escrow account, the mortgage company should request the tax bill from the Tax Collector and the property owner will receive an information tax bill.

Discount Periods:

4% by November 30th
3% by December 31st
2% by January 31st
1% by February 28th
Gross amount by March 31st

Taxes become delinquent April 1st of each year, at which time a 3% penalty is added to the total amount due.

Any changes to the tax roll (name, address, location, assessed value) must be processed through the Property Appraiser’s Office, (352) 253-2150.