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CLERK & COMPTROLLER’S OFFICE ACCEPTING PROPERTY APPRAISAL PETITIONS

UPDATE: The deadline for Palm Beach County property owners to file a petition with the Value Adjustment Board has been corrected to September 19.

Deadline Approaching for Taxpayers to Petition the Value Adjustment Board

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (August 26, 2011) – Palm Beach County taxpayers have until September 16 to challenge their property’s market value, classification, or an exemption by petitioning the Value Adjustment Board, or VAB.

Hearings for the 2011 petitions will begin in mid-October. Last year, Palm Beach County property owners filed 10,941 VAB petitions, down from the more than 19,000 petitions filed in 2009.

Taxpayers have three options to file VAB petitions: online at www.mypalmbeachclerk.com using myVAB; in person at the Clerk’s Governmental Center or branch locations; or by mail to 301 North Olive Avenue, Room 104, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

Roughly 28 percent, or 3,106, of petitioners filed last year using the myVAB system, which gives real-time access to petitions, allows petitioners to view scheduled hearings and submit supporting materials electronically.

“We developed and implemented myVAB to make it much easier for those taxpayers who decide to file an appeal,” said Clerk Sharon Bock. “It’s their one-stop shop for filing and  tracking a petition through the process, keeping up-to-date on hearings and ensuring the board has all the information they need to consider the appeal.”

Petition forms for those who choose not to use the online myVAB option are available from the Clerk’s office, the Property Appraiser, or the Florida Department of Revenue’s website. All VAB petitions must be submitted with a $15 filing fee. 

About 37 percent of the petitioners, or 4,097, received adjustments to their property appraisals during the 2010 appeals process.

The Property Appraiser notified taxpayers of their property’s assessed and market values in a Truth in Millage (TRIM) notice that began arriving in mailboxes on August 23. The VAB, which consists of two county commissioners, one school board member and two citizen members, approves and hires special magistrates to settle any disputes between the property owner and Property Appraiser. It is an independent entity that is not affiliated with the Property Appraiser or Tax Collector.

As Clerk to the VAB, the Clerk’s office receives and processes petitions, schedules and coordinates hearings, clerks and records the hearings, and more. For more information on myVAB, the Value Adjustment Board or the Clerk & Comptroller’s office, visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com or call (561) 355-6289.

The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents.  In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.

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