MANATEE -- While the final roll won't be done until October, Manatee County property owners have received notice of their proposed tax levies.
Truth in Millage notices were mailed out to Manatee County property owners Aug. 17, according to Mark Johns, the director of appraisal services at the Manatee County Property Appraiser's Office.
Manatee County property values are rising by about 8.1 percent next year, to almost $28.1 billion, as of July 1, according to the Property Appraiser's Office.
"It's pretty much across the board," Johns said.
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While Manatee County commissioners voted to not increase the millage rate, some property owners will pay more in taxes due to the increase in property values. The county millage rate is 7.0435, including 0.6109 mills
for the unincorporated municipal services tax. Commissioners will not formally adopt the millage rate until Sept. 22, when the final budget is approved. The commission has the first public hearing on the millage rate at 6 p.m. Sept. 15.
"They can still go down, but they can't go above what they set," Johns said.
According to the 2015 TRIM Supplement Online Extra from the property appraiser, "The purpose of this notice is to show you the estimated market value of your property as of January 1, 2015 along with any exemptions or assessment reductions you have received. Our office determines market value by comparing qualified sales within the same or like neighborhoods that have similar characteristics and have occurred in the year prior to the January 1 assessment date."
The final numbers, which are reported to the Department of Revenue, will typically be within 1 percent of the number on the TRIM notice. In November, the tax collector mails tax bills to property owners.
"Individual taxpayers really don't see anything different from TRIM notices," Johns said.
Homeowners without homestead exemptions could see a larger increase in their property taxes, Johns said.
With a homestead exemption, assessed value cannot increase by more than 0.80 percent, Johns said.
"They are seeing very marginal changes in the taxes," Johns said.
Property owners can appeal their property values to the Value Adjustment Board until Sept. 11. Petitions must be filed with the Clerk of the Value Adjustment Board by 4:30 p.m. Sept. 11.
Property owners can also call the property appraiser's office at 941-748-8208 with any concerns.
"If they feel value is incorrect, they have the right to give us a call and we are getting those calls," Johns said.
For more information on the TRIM notice, go to manateepao.com.
Claire Aronson, Manatee County reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7024. Follow her on Twitter @Claire_Aronson.