The number of growing property owners in Northeast Florida fighting to lower their tax bills is expected to grow this year.
More property owners in Jacksonville are expected to file petitions challenging their property assessments and homestead and tax exemption classifications with the county’s Value Adjustment Board (VAB).
The increase in petitions is largely due to the economic downturn, rises in proposed city and county property tax rates, and a change in state law that requires the property appraiser’s office to prove their assessments are accurate.
Until this year, the property appraiser’s assessment was presumed correct during any challenge. The property owner was required to prove the assessment was wrong.
Under the adjustment board’s rules, special magistrates are hired to settle disputes between property owners and the county property appraiser’s office. The clerk’s office is responsible for processing petitions and scheduling hearings with special magistrates.
The property appraiser’s office mailed the 2009 Notices of Proposed Property Taxes, also called the “Truth in Millage” (T.R.I.M.) Notices to all county property owners on Monday, August 17.
How to Challenge
Duval County: Duval County Property owners have until Sept. 11 to challenge their property assessments and exemption classifications. Petitions can be filed with the county’s Value Adjustment Board online, or in person at City Hall, 117 W. Duval Street, Suite 430, Jacksonville, FL. Petitions can also be filed online at www.coj.net.
For more information call the Duval County property appraiser at (904) 630-2011.
St. Johns County: Petitions must be filed with the Clerk of the Court’s Office by September 11, 2009 at one of the following locations:
MAIN OFFICE: Minutes & Records; 4010 Lewis Speedway (Administration building adjacent to County Courthouse), St. Augustine, FL 32084; (904) 819-3644
PONTE VEDRA BEACH OFFICE: 5430 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, 32082 (904) 285-5945
JULINGTON CREEK OFFICE: 725 Flora Branch Boulevard, Saint Johns, FL, 32259 (904) 230-0107
HASTINGS OFFICE*: 6195 South Main Street, Hastings, FL, 32145 (904) 692-1123 *Wednesdays only.
Clay County: Petitions must be filed with the Clerk of the Court’s Office by September 11, 2009 at one of the following locations:
MAIN OFFICE: Post Office Box 38, Green Cove Springs, Florida 32043-0038 Telephones: (904) 284/269-6305 Fax: (904) 284-2923
ORANGE PARK BRANCH OFFICE: 1518 Park Ave Orange Park, Florida 32073 Telephones: (352) 473-3711 (904) 529-5332 Fax: (904) 529-5340
OR ONLINE: http://www.ccpao.com/index.html