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It's August - have you received your TRIM notice yet?

Posted 08-06-2011 at 02:25 PM by Sunshine Rules

It’s August - have you received your TRIM notice yet?

Every August the Sarasota county property appraiser’s office sends out TRIM notices to each property owner in Sarasota county.
So what is a TRIM notice? TRIM stands for truth in millage.

Each January 1st the property appraiser’s office is responsible for establishing the Market Value of all properties within the county. After the various taxing and levying authorities (which show up in the ad-valorem section of your property tax bill) determine budgets to be funded for the next fiscal year, they then determine what millage rates will be needed to fund the various budget scenarios. This information is then provided to the property appraiser’s office to include on your TRIM notice to provide you information as to potential tax rates you may see on the actual tax bills sent out in November.

The ad-valorem portion of your property tax bill will be based on your property’s taxable value multiplied by the tax rate set for each of the items listed under “taxing authorities.“ The ad-valorem section of the property tax bill is based on your property value as of 01/01/2011.

The non-ad valorem assessment information lists the various taxing authorities who’s rates are not based on your property’s value. This includes assessments for things such as garbage collection, street lighting districts and fire districts.

Once you receive your TRIM notice, property owners are asked to look it over carefully. This notice will list your home’s taxable value, your allowable Exemptions and the public hearing information for the various taxing authorities.

Sarasota county property owners have the right to challenge the valuations or stated exemptions on their property as listed on your TRIM notice. The Sarasota county property appraiser’s web site gives detailed information on the steps to do so. The web site is: www.SC-PA.com Your TRIM notice will list the time frame in which all challenges must be filed.

The TRIM notice will also list the dates and times for the public hearings to be held by the various taxing authorities so that you, the Sarasota county property owners, can give your input on the proposed tax rates to be levied under the various budget proposals.

The 2011 TRIM notices are scheduled to be mailed out in mid August. If you feel your home’s valuation is unfair or want your voice heard regarding the various taxing authority budgets - now’s your opportunity!

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