We all have received our preliminary trim notices in our mailboxes. Many residents are taken back at the property tax hikes.
The South Florida Business Journal reported that, “In Broward County, which is facing a $23 million budget deficit, 5,291 petitions for appeal have been filed with the value adjustment board. The deadline for accepting petitions is also Sept. 18.”
After reading this article, I went over to the Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office website to see the response from Broward County Property Appraiser Lori Parrish. Parrish notes on the website that the she does not set the tax rates and other fees relating to your property. Her office ONLY decides the market value of Broward County properties. If residents wish to dispute the tax fees and assessments, then they should complain to the City Commission and other taxing boards listed on the trim notice.
The trim notice that we all received in the mail relates to the tax assessments for property values as of January 1, 2009, based upon the values of 2008. Remember, property taxes are paid in the rears. Any drop in property values after January 1st will be reflected on next year’s tax assessments.
If you wish to appeal your property value, you have until the September 18th deadline for your petition to be heard by the Value Adjustment Board (VAB). I advise Parkland and Broward County residents to contact the following numbers to speak with one of the appraisers:
Residential Values: 954-357-6831,Condo Values: 954-357-6832, & Commercial Values: 954-357-6835.
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