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Deadline to Appeal your Property Assessed Value in Lakeland FL and homes throughout Polk County is fast approaching.
The property appraiser mails out Truth in Millage or TRIM Notices to Lakeland FL homeowners and homeowners throughout the State of Florida in mid-August.
Are you in disagreement with the assessed property value of your Lakeland Florida home?
The Value Adjustment Board notices include three values
  • Market value
  • Assessed value
  • Taxable value

If you don’t agree with the market value, you have the right to appeal your tax assessment by filing a petition to the Value Adjustment Board.

An informal meeting is encouraged to have your estimation of the market value from the assessor’s property appraisal reviewed by going to the Polk County Property Appraiser’s office and discuss the matter.

Filing a petition
You must file a “petition” in order to appeal before the Value Adjustment Board can hear your case.  Completed petitions must be filed with the Value Adjustment Board.  The non-refundable filing fee is $15 related to a single parcel, plus $5 for reach contiguous parcel.  The petition filing for single parcel in Polk County may also be filed online.

Timely Filing of Petition:
Petitions related to valuation issues may be filed at any time during the taxable year on or before the 25th day following the mailing of the TRIM notices of proposed property taxes. The Value Adjustment Board must receive the petition by the 25th day.
If a representative is acting on your behalf he or she must have written authorization from you the taxpayer, which also applies for immediate family members if their names are not on the deed.

Bartow Office
255 N. Wilson Ave Phone: 863-534-4777
Bartow, FL 33830 Fax: 863-534-4753
Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm (M-F)

Lakeland Office
912 E. Parker St. Phone: 863-413-2549
Lakeland, FL 33801 Fax: 863-413-2550
Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm (M-F)

Winter Haven Office
3425 Lake Alfred Rd. Phone: 863-401-2424
3 Gill Jones Plaza Fax: 863-401-2428
Winter Haven, FL 33881 Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm (M-F)

To determine market value or as I would say the property assessment value the Polk County Property Appraiser uses to arrive when assessing your Polk County home for property tax purposes. The Polk County Property Appraiser establishes assessed value by knowing the selling price for similar properties and also takes other factors into consideration, such as:

  • Comparative Value – homes sold recently in an arm’s length transaction
  • Replacement Value – costs to replicate your Polk County home at current material prices and labor costs
  • Methods of property use – Rental home

The Polk County Property Appraiser must find value for every piece in Polk County and all appraisals must be completed by January 1st of each year.

Are you in disagreement with the assessed property value of your Polk County home?

While not a requirement, you may have your assessed property value reviewed by going to the Polk County Property Appraiser’s office and discuss the matter with them in person, by phone or email.  Be sure to bring all documents to proof your opinion.  If the Property Appraiser’s office is unable to arrive at an agreement with you.  Keep in mind, while you are discussing your valuation assessment with the Property Appraiser’s office, it certainly  does not stop the expiration date of the deadlines.

You must file a “petition” in order to appeal before you can be heard by the Value Adjustment Board.  Written applications must be filed with the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners.

Timely Filing of Petition: Petitions related to valuation issues may be filed at any time during the taxable year on or before the 25th day following the mailing of the notice of proposed property taxes.

For more information please visit: http://www.polkpa.org/AssessmentInfo/Default.aspx

Bartow Office

255 N. Wilson Ave Phone: 863-534-4777

Bartow, FL 33830 Fax: 863-534-4753

Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm (M-F)

Lakeland Office

912 E. Parker St. Phone: 863-413-2549

Lakeland, FL 33801 Fax: 863-413-2550

Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm (M-F)

Winter Haven Office

3425 Lake Alfred Rd. Phone: 863-401-2424

3 Gill Jones Plaza Fax: 863-401-2428

Winter Haven, FL 33881 Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm (M-F)

Serving buyers and sellers throughout Polk County including cities of Lakeland, Auburndale, Polk City, Bartow, Winter Haven, Kathleen, Highland City, and Mulberry.

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