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Old 03-19-2007, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Central FL
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For those interested in the property tax issue in Florida, today's Orlando Sentinel has an interesting article as well as a link to a chart that shows the millage rate for all Florida counties/cities. I was surprised to see that what I considered 'cheaper' areas actually had much higher millage rates. Mulberry has the highest in the state at 25.7, closely followed by Frostproof at 25.3, Daytona Beach at 23.6. Also in the highest brackets were smaller towns that I would expect to have lower taxes such as: Lake Wales, Winter Haven, Haines City, Davenport, Lakeland, Mt. Dora, Taveres.

Some of the lowest were Brevard County, Lake Buena Vista, Bay Lake, SEMINOLE County. The other thing I noted was that there were two tax rates for some counties. A low rate and a high rate and some were vastly different. How fair is that?

Go to Orlando Sentinel homepage and look under their lead article "Silver Bullet Eludes Tax Proposals". Underneath is an article "Who Pays the Highest Property Taxes".
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Old 03-19-2007, 08:25 AM
 
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For those interested in the property tax issue in Florida, today's Orlando Sentinel has an interesting article as well as a link to a chart that shows the millage rate for all Florida counties/cities. I was surprised to see that what I considered 'cheaper' areas actually had much higher millage rates. Mulberry has the highest in the state at 25.7, closely followed by Frostproof at 25.3, Daytona Beach at 23.6. Also in the highest brackets were smaller towns that I would expect to have lower taxes such as: Lake Wales, Winter Haven, Haines City, Davenport, Lakeland, Mt. Dora, Taveres.

Some of the lowest were Brevard County, Lake Buena Vista, Bay Lake, SEMINOLE County. The other thing I noted was that there were two tax rates for some counties. A low rate and a high rate and some were vastly different. How fair is that?

Go to Orlando Sentinel homepage and look under their lead article "Silver Bullet Eludes Tax Proposals". Underneath is an article "Who Pays the Highest Property Taxes".
It is not a matter of unfair, different areas have different services. In town you may pay say .22 and have city water, garbage pick up, a good police presents fire department a local hospital, well maintained roads and so on. Just go a mile out into the county and you can get a millage rate of like .15 and be living on a dirt road with a well, hauling your own garbage to a dump site, a volunteer fire department etc. You get what you pay for.
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Old 03-19-2007, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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It's no surprise! Wait till the suckers, er I mean buyers , move to those "cheaper" areas and find their taxes higher than where they came from. The rates were established when property values were reasonable, and then the idiots drove them to the stratosphere. The tax assessor starts the vacuum and the new owner's money is on a fast track to the state and county to be wasted. I own land in the middle of nowhere and am now paying more in taxes than is cost to buy it. Oh yes and there are no services whatsoever. Nice huh?
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Old 03-19-2007, 08:43 AM
 
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It's no surprise! Wait till the suckers, er I mean buyers , move to those "cheaper" areas and find their taxes higher than where they came from. The rates were established when property values were reasonable, and then the idiots drove them to the stratosphere. The tax assessor starts the vacuum and the new owner's money is on a fast track to the state and county to be wasted. I own land in the middle of nowhere and am now paying more in taxes than is cost to buy it. Oh yes and there are no services whatsoever. Nice huh?
It has nothing to do with property values. A small town decides to do say a city sewer project someone has to pay for it and they do it with tax money. Small towns often do things with growth in mind and the cost may be higher because they are planing for the future. Not everything is a vast conspiracy. These things are voted on as well. I am not a lover of city government practices, quite the opposite but I do try to be objective. And yes, taxes are often higher in small towns, no big surprise.
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Old 03-19-2007, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Lakeland, FL
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I live in Lakeland, my millage is 17.275 not what this chart shows, My Uncle lives in South Lakeland within city limits he pays 21.000, my cousin lives in South lakeland- Highlands area he pays 20.222.
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Old 03-19-2007, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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See below for Santa Rosa County: highest rate is Milton 16.6245 and lowest is for the county @ 13.8745

If you want to find out the current rate visit your local Property Appraiser web-site:

http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/property/appraisers.html


Provided by Gregory S. Brown, CFA Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser

2006 Final Millages
Code Tax District Millage County Millage School Millage NW Fla Water Fire Millage Fire Flat Tax Total
000 County 6.6175 7.2070 0.0500 Flat 13.8745
001 Gulf Breeze 1.6283 6.6175 7.2070 0.0500 15.5028
002 Jay 2.0000 6.6175 7.2070 0.0500 15.8745
003 Milton 2.7500 6.6175 7.2070 0.0500 16.6245
011 Avalon-Mulat 6.6175 7.2070 0.0500 0.8000 14.6745
014 Midway 6.6175 7.2070 0.0500 1.4000 15.2745
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Old 01-30-2008, 02:01 PM
 
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For those interested in the property tax issue in Florida, today's Orlando Sentinel has an interesting article as well as a link to a chart that shows the millage rate for all Florida counties/cities. I was surprised to see that what I considered 'cheaper' areas actually had much higher millage rates. Mulberry has the highest in the state at 25.7, closely followed by Frostproof at 25.3, Daytona Beach at 23.6. Also in the highest brackets were smaller towns that I would expect to have lower taxes such as: Lake Wales, Winter Haven, Haines City, Davenport, Lakeland, Mt. Dora, Taveres.

Some of the lowest were Brevard County, Lake Buena Vista, Bay Lake, SEMINOLE County. The other thing I noted was that there were two tax rates for some counties. A low rate and a high rate and some were vastly different. How fair is that?

Go to Orlando Sentinel homepage and look under their lead article "Silver Bullet Eludes Tax Proposals". Underneath is an article "Who Pays the Highest Property Taxes".

Would it be possible to publish the link to the chart referred to above.
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