Understanding Your Tax Notice


On behalf of the local taxing authorities, The Property Appraiser’s Office mailed a Notice of Proposed Taxes on Aug. 22 to every property owner in Palm Beach County. This public information notice is not a tax bill. The Tax Collector’s Office will mail tax bills on November 1. The Property Appraiser produces the Notice of Proposed Taxes as a public service to give you an idea of what to expect when the taxing authorities work up their budgets for the 2014 fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2013–Sept. 30, 2014). The information also is posted on PAPA, the Property Appraiser’s award–winning website, pbcgov.com/PAPA Please keep in mind that the Property Appraiser’s Office does not set your tax rates. That is the job of your local taxing authorities, such as the county, the school district and municipalities. Column 1 on your notice shows your property taxes from last year, 2012. The millage rate of each taxing authority within your district is also noted. Column 2 reflects what your taxes will be this year, 2013, if taxing districts make their proposed budget changes. Column 3 indicates what your taxes would be if no budget changes are approved. The columns also show current and proposed millage rates. The notice also lists your property’s non-ad valorem assessments, such as the Solid Waste Authority. A separate column provides the date, time and places for the public hearings on the proposed taxes and budget for the taxing authorities within your district. Value Information shows your property’s market value as of January 1 for 2012 and 2013. Market value is based on the most probable sale price a willing buyer would pay in a competitive market. The 2013 tax roll is based on sales transactions that occurred in 2012. Also listed are your 2012 and 2013 exemptions that apply to your property, if any. Also noted are any Assessment Reductions, such as the “Save Our Homes” cap on the assessed value of qualified homesteaded properties, and the benefit value of any applied exemptions. For more information about exemptions, please call or visit the South County Service Center located at 14925 Cumberland Drive, Delray Beach, FL 33446 (561) 276-1250