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Old 09-09-2007, 04:26 PM
 
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Just curious, what county do you live in that has a privately owned courthouse? That could present a serious conflict of interest. The courthouse is paid for by county taxes, including property taxes. It is a public building, in fact your tax assessor should have an office at the courthouse.
You are right, I think. The courthouse is publicly owned, although the clerks office has to pay for everything that goes on inside there. The judges are paid by the circuit and county, and the bailiffs by the county.

The Tax Assessor and all other constitutional offices rent office space at other spots in the county.
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Old 09-09-2007, 04:28 PM
 
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I'm not complaining about my taxes, because they are so low that I'll never move. I was just pointing out that not everyone uses the same services, and there are people that use a lot more services than others. Maybe a pay per use would be a good thing for beaches, etc.
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Old 09-09-2007, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Florida
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As I understand it, no you can't appeal the taxes prior to buying. After you buy and they send out your first tax assessment, I think you have 30 days to challenge the assessment. Even then, it is very difficult to have them lowered. You have to have hard proof that the value the tax appraiser assigned to your house is inaccurate. If it's just because your neighbors are lower, especially if they have a Homestead and SOH, the assessor won't buy it. We have an acquaintance who has been fighting his assessment for two years with no success. Welcome to Florida's wacky tax laws.
It's not the value though that we would be contesting necessarily. Let's just say for example that if the same house on the block's taxes are at ( again this is hypothetical) 1500 bucks , but this one because it's been owned for a few years by people in Ft Lauderdale, thereby not getting the relief of homestead is $5K, is there a way to contest the tax on this house based on the "fairness" of being taxed the same as the neighbors?

Or would we just be screwed ?

Assuming the screwed part being reality, it would have to be a seriously good deal in order for us to consider this house due to the high high taxes.
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Old 09-09-2007, 05:49 PM
 
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It's not the value though that we would be contesting necessarily. Let's just say for example that if the same house on the block's taxes are at ( again this is hypothetical) 1500 bucks , but this one because it's been owned for a few years by people in Ft Lauderdale, thereby not getting the relief of homestead is $5K, is there a way to contest the tax on this house based on the "fairness" of being taxed the same as the neighbors?

Or would we just be screwed ?

Assuming the screwed part being reality, it would have to be a seriously good deal in order for us to consider this house due to the high high taxes.
Yes, you are screwed as determined by a circuit judge in Tallahassee (see below). There is no way they will lower your taxes based on inherent unfairness in the Exemption and SOH laws. Sorry.


"Judge Dismisses Save Our Homes Challenge"

The Florida law that shifted about $7.8 billion in property taxes from homesteaders to all other property owners this year is ''even-handed'' and not discriminatory, a Tallahassee judge ruled Monday..."


Judge dismisses Save Our Homes challenge - 08/07/2007 - MiamiHerald.com (broken link)
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Old 09-09-2007, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Yes, you are screwed as determined by a circuit judge in Tallahassee (see below). There is no way they will lower your taxes based on inherent unfairness in the Exemption and SOH laws. Sorry.


"Judge Dismisses Save Our Homes Challenge"

The Florida law that shifted about $7.8 billion in property taxes from homesteaders to all other property owners this year is ''even-handed'' and not discriminatory, a Tallahassee judge ruled Monday..."


Judge dismisses Save Our Homes challenge - 08/07/2007 - MiamiHerald.com (broken link)
This kind of stuff makes any rational person look at ones earnings and decides where does the better bang for the buck possibly exist?

Fla is still a "better" deal for us despite these kinds of tax hikes as we would REALLY get robbed on taxes in most other states who have state income tax. But certainly we are not the norm and frankly something has to give......more. The downturn in real estate I think has cost us ....certainly 25% ++ off from the highs. More if we actually want to selll the place and not stare at a babbling realtor every few months pitching us on lowering the price anyway. And even then, in my opinion interest rates will INCREASE for a variety of reasons, depressing things even more.

But it's getting further and further away from how the state "was" categorized as a great deal and a virtual no brainer to move to and live ones life. We're running out of places to run.

We are all going to feel some pain. Intrusive and overly excessive Taxation policies like the above will serve to only exacerbate this downtrend even more, leading us, economically speaking, into recession, the likes of which may shake the very foundations of our futures, and not in a positive way, that's for sure.
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