Property Owner Bill of Rights

The 2000 Florida Legislature created the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights for property owners in Florida. It safeguards your rights, privacy, and property during the assessment, levy, collection, and enforcement of property taxes.

Your local property appraiser sets a value on your property based on current market value.

Certain exemptions may reduce this value. Check with your county property appraiser for more information. The property appraiser deducts any exemptions from the assessed value. The final amount is your property’s taxable value.
Truth in Millage (TRIM)
The Notice of Proposed Property Taxes, or Truth in Millage (TRIM) notice provides your proposed property taxes and assessments, including any exemptions, for your property. The property appraiser will mail it to you in the late summer.
You have the right to a meeting with your property appraiser to discuss your concerns.
You must bring documentation to support your case. The property appraiser must also present facts supporting the assessment. Records about your property are available for inspection and copying. If you and the property appraiser cannot resolve your concerns in an informal conference, you may petition the county value adjustment board to review your assessment.
You have the right to receive a notice of the value adjustment board’s hearing date and time.
Property owners will receive written notification of the value adjustment board’s decision for upholding or overturning the property appraiser’s findings. A property owner may also go to circuit court to review a tax assessment or appeal a decision to deny tax deferral or exemptions.

This brochure explains your property tax rights and the obligations of property appraisers, tax collectors, local governing boards, and the Florida Department of Revenue in property tax matters.

Please contact our office at (904) 827-5500 if you have any questions or need additional information.