By now if you are a Sanibel or Fort Myers real estate owner, you have received your TRIM notice (Truth in Millage) and should have a good idea about the taxes you will be paying for 2010. (Taxes in Lee County are paid in the arrears, so we pay for 2010 taxes by January 1 of 2011) The purpose of the notice is for you to check not only your proposed taxes, but also the value the property appraiser has assigned to your property. The notices look different this year and a guide to the new notice can be found at www.leepa.org. If you missed your notice, it is also available online at the same website.
The purpose of this blog is not to breakdown the notice, but to remind you that you only have until September 14th to challenge the property appraiser’s value. If the number on the notice is higher than what you think you could sell your home, condo or land for then you may have a case for a reduction. Call the office at 239-533-6100 to make your complaint. Sometimes it is handled quickly and easily over the phone, but if you are not satisfied with the outcome then you will have to file a petition with the Value Adjustment Board. This is a separate office from the property appraiser. It is $15 to file, but then the board will hear your case and rule whether to adjust your property value. A tax professional can help with stating the case. Your Sanibel or Fort Myers realtor can help too, by providing recent comparable sales.
If we can help with clarity of your TRIM notice, please drop us a message at www.chuckandrews.com or give us a call at 239-849-3396. We are always here to help with all of your Sanibel real estate needs.