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CLERK & COMPTROLLER’S OFFICE ACCEPTING PROPERTY APPRAISAL PETITIONS

Deadline Approaching for Taxpayers to Petition the Value Adjustment Board

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (August 29, 2012) – Palm Beach County taxpayers have until September 17 to challenge their property’s market value, classification, or an exemption by petitioning the county’s Value Adjustment Board, or VAB.

Hearings on petitions filed in 2012 will begin in mid-October. Last year, Palm Beach County property owners filed 7,809 VAB petitions, down from the more than 11,000 petitions filed in 2010.

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.

Nearly 36 percent of petitioners used the Clerk’s myVAB system to file their VAB petitions last year. The myVAB system gives real-time access to petitions, allows petitioners to view scheduled hearings and submits supporting materials electronically.

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 42 percent of the petitioners, or 3,314, received adjustments to their property appraisals during the 2011 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 24. 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, 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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