Ad Valorem (based on value) taxes for Real Property and Tangible Personal Property are collected by the Tax Collector on an annual basis beginning on November 1st, for the tax year January through December. It is the responsibility of each taxpayer to ensure that his/her taxes are paid and that a tax bill is received.
Non Ad Valorem (not based on value) assessments are determined by local levying agencies. Non Ad Valorem assessments are typically for fire departments, street lighting, paving, and special localized projects.
The Property Appraiser’s Office establishes the assessed value of a property, determines exemption eligibility, and is responsible for name and address information. The Board of County Commissioners, School Board and other levying bodies set millage rates. Using these figures, the Property Appraiser prepares the tax roll. Upon completion, the tax roll is then certified to the Tax Collector who prints and mails the tax notices. Tax notices are sent to the owner’s last record of address as it appears on the tax roll.
In cases where the property owner pays through an escrow account, the mortgage company should request the tax bill, and the owner is mailed a copy of the notice.
Tax statements are normally mailed out on or before November 1st of each year. The gross amount is due by March 31st. The following discounts are applied for early payment:
- 4% discount if paid in November
- 3% discount if paid in December
- 2% discount if paid in January
- 1% discount if paid in February
- Gross amount paid in March, no discount applied
- Taxes become delinquent April 1st of each year and a 3% penalty is assessed to unpaid real estate accounts. Advertising fees are added on May 1st.
Questions concerning the legal description, value, exemptions or name and address changes should be directed to the office of the Property Appraiser, www.srcpa.org.
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