Taxing Authorities - Setting Taxes
The Property Appraiser's office does not determine the amount of taxes you pay. The taxes can increase or decrease depending on tax rates set by the school board, commissioners, cities and other taxing authorities.
Miami-Dade County issues the 'notice' but many taxing authorities collect taxes against property such the School Board, Cities, South Florida Water Management District, Children's Trust, Florida Inland Navigational District, Everglades project, etc.
The Property Appraiser does not set tax rates. However, the taxing authorities use the Property Appraiser's taxable value to determine the taxes they levy.
What is a taxing authority?
Taxing authorities collect taxes against properties to provide various services. For example, the County provides services such as Police, Fire Rescue, and Library to name a few. The School Board collects property taxes to run school operations.
What is a budget hearing?
Before taxing authorities can levy taxes against your property they are required to have budget hearing that are open to the public. The dates, times, and locations for all budget hearings are listed on the Notice.