Crystal K. Kinzel, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, is reminding property owners that the deadline to file a petition with the Value Adjustment Board (VAB) is 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. The VAB hears challenges made by property owners who disagree with property assessments, exemptions and classifications.
In August, county property owners received their Notice of Proposed Property Taxes, also called a Truth in Millage (TRIM) notice, from the Collier County Property Appraiser. Property owners in disagreement with any of the following found in the TRIM notice have options as authorized by Chapter 194, Florida Statutes:
• The property appraiser’s assessment of the property’s value;
• A denial of an application for an exemption, such as homestead, veterans or senior citizen;
• A denial of an application for property classification, such as agricultural or historic;
• A denial of an application for tax deferral;
Property owners in disagreement may request an informal conference with the Collier County Property Appraiser (239-252-8141) to discuss how the value was determined. If the issue is not resolved, the property owner may file a petition with the county’s VAB to appeal the assessment. Property owners may also file a lawsuit in circuit court to challenge the property appraiser’s assessment or the decision of the VAB.
The VAB is made up of five members: two from the Collier County Board of County Commissioners, one from the Collier County School Board, and two citizen members. The Office of the Clerk receives and processes petitions and schedules hearings.
The fee to file a petition with the VAB is $15 per parcel and the deadline is 5 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2020. Property owners may file online at www.CollierClerk.com, or in person at the following address:
Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller
Value Adjustment Board Clerk
For more information, contact Mike Sheffield at (239) 252-6879 or Mike.Sheffield@CollierClerk.com.