Wednesday, 04 February 2009 18:06

Home Values are Down in Pinellas County, What About Taxes?

Written by  Pam Ryan Anderson
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Pam Ryan AndersonClearwater, FL (Feb. 4, 2009) - This is an interesting question that I’ve been asked several times recently, so I finally called the Property Appraiser’s Office to find out for myself.

Now, before I tell you the answer, I want to clarify a few terms.

Appraised Value – This is done by an Appraiser hired to determine the value of a home when it has been sold, when it is being re-financed, or to determine the market value of a home.

Just Market Value – This is the term the Property Appraiser’s Office uses for the fair market value of a property. (This is usually broken up into two parts—the Just Market Land which is how much your land is currently worth, and Just Market Improved which is how much your home or building, is worth currently without the land value.  Then there is Total Assessment, and it’s the two values added together.

Taxable Assessment – This is the amount that has been determined to be taxable on a property.

So if you follow these terms, you will understand that an Appraised Value is quite different than an Assessed Value.  I’ve discovered this is a very common misunderstanding.  When you get your tax bill, it is important to understand what the different terms mean.

OK, so what did the Property Appraiser’s office tell me about falling values and taxes?  I was told that lowered prices  are automatically taken into consideration in the determination of Taxable Assessments.

Now, the thing is that this does not guarantee you that you are paying the correct amount of taxes for the current value of your home.  So I asked what someone does if they think they’re being overcharged for real estate taxes. The next Trim Notices will be mailed out in August.  On the Trim Notice there are instructions about how to file a
petition, along with the deadline for a petition.  If you feel that you are paying too much in taxes, that’s the time to query it.

Our new Property Appraiser is Pam Dubov, and her phone number is 464-3207 in case you have questions that you would like to get answered for yourself.

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