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PROPERTY TAX PETITION HEARINGS UNDERWAY IN
PALM BEACH COUNTY

Clerk Bock reports more than 10,800 petitions received, down from last year’s record amount

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (October 27, 2010) – More than 10,800 taxpayers in Palm Beach County filed petitions with the Clerk & Comptroller’s office to have their property appraisal changed by the county’s Value Adjustment Board said Clerk Sharon Bock.

The Clerk’s office received 10,754 petitions by the Sept. 16 deadline, and another 80 were accepted after the deadline for good cause, such as illness or other extraordinary circumstances. That’s a 43-percent decrease from the record-high 19,000 petitions filed in 2009 by taxpayers. It’s also down from the 13,200 appeals received in 2008.

Clerk Sharon Bock said she believes declining property values may be part of the reason that fewer people sought to appeal their property appraisal to the Value Adjustment Board this year. “Property values are lower, which results in lower tax assessments for many taxpayers,” Bock said. “If more people are seeing their property values decline, they could be less likely to petition to further reduce their assessment.” 

Hearings on the 2010 VAB petitions began Wednesday, October 13, and will continue through March. 

About 35 percent of the petitioners, or 6,741, received adjustments to their property appraisals during the 2009 appeals process. 

The Property Appraiser notified taxpayers of their property’s assessed and market values in a Truth in Millage (TRIM) notice mailed on August 23. 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 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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