• new-leaderboard-searchamelia2016

Property Appraiser’s Office Fair in 2013 Assessments

Property Appraiser's Office Fair in 2013 AssessmentsNassau County, FL – The Value Adjustment Board (VAB) recently wrapped up their hearings and has determined that the Property Appraiser’s Office was fair in their 2013 assessments.

Approximately 145 petitions were filed with the Value Adjustment Board in 2013, a stark contrast to the 425 petitions filed the year before Mike Hickox’s term. “Majority of the petitions were resolved prior to going to VAB,” said Hickox. “Only 16 petitions actually went before the Special Magistrate without spending any additional money on attorney fees.” For the 2013 VAB hearings, the Property Appraiser’s Office didn’t spend any money on legal fees or outside appraisal or consulting services.

If property owners do not agree with their classification, exemption, or property value, they have the right to file a petition with the Value Adjustment Board within 25 days from the time the notice of proposed property taxes were mailed. The next step is the exchanging of evidence and hearings with the Special Magistrate, who then makes a recommendation to the Nassau County Value Adjustment Board. “Anytime during the year, we ask that property owners call our office with questions so that we may review their value with them,” added Hickox.

Of the 16 petitions that were brought to a hearing, only one was granted. Chief Deputy Kevin Lilly explained that there was an organization that incorrectly applied for an educational exemption. “Fernandina Little Theater applied for an exemption we felt they didn’t qualify for,” said Lilly. “We worked with them on filing for a charitable exemption instead, which was granted by the VAB.”

Feedburner If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment below or subscribe to the feed to have future articles delivered to your e-mail and get the latest Amelia Island News, business, tourist activities and videos every morning!




SearchAmelia on TwitterYou can also choose to follow SearchAmelia on Twitter to get your daily updates!

Nassau County Seniors May Receive Additional Exemption

Nassau County Seniors May Receive Additional ExemptionNassau County, FL – Some qualifying senior citizens are now eligible for an additional tax break. Amendment 11, voted on by Floridian’s last year, now makes it possible for low-income senior citizen’s to receive an additional property tax exemption.

Seniors who are 65 and older, have a household income of approximately less than $28,000, own a home with a market value less than $250,000, and have lived in the home for more than 25 years are eligible for the new exemption, which is equal to the assessed value of the homestead property.

“We currently have 605 seniors who qualify for the senior exemption,” said Public Information Officer Justin Taylor. “Based on our records, we anticipate about 150 properties would benefit from the additional exemption with a total impact to the County of roughly $80,000.”

If the other taxing authorities approve the ordinance, the estimated impact would be:
City of Fernandina: $20,000
Town of Callahan: $1,200
Town of Hilliard: $800

Nassau County Property Appraiser Mike Hickox believes this ordinance was much needed in assisting seniors. “I feel this would be a great benefit to those seniors on fixed incomes, struggling to pay taxes so they can remain in their homes,” said Hickox. “This saving will help those who need it most.”

The amendment originated in the Florida Legislature and passed by the Senate and House. The ordinance was brought forth to the Board of County Commissioners on October 14th and passed unanimously.

“Currently the BOCC is the only taxing authority to pass this ordinance, therefore, as of right now, this new exemption will be for the County portion of taxes only,”said Taylor.

The Property Appraiser’s Office will begin accepting applications the first of the year and the exemption will begin in 2014.

Feedburner If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment below or subscribe to the feed to have future articles delivered to your e-mail and get the latest Amelia Island News, business, tourist activities and videos every morning!




SearchAmelia on TwitterYou can also choose to follow SearchAmelia on Twitter to get your daily updates!