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                                                            PAPA is one of the most visited websites in Palm Beach   $50,000 of your property’s assessed value if your property
                                                         County. It’s the fastest way to search and view all property   is your permanent residence and you owned the property
                                                         records in the county and serves as a valuable resource   on Jan. 1 of the tax year. This exemption applies to all taxes,
                                                         for many real estate professionals, government agencies,   including school district taxes. An additional exemption of up
      Dear Taxpayers:                                    businesses, and residential communities.          to $25,000 will be applied if your property’s assessed value
         As summer forges ahead so too does the news coming      Join Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Dorothy   is between at least $50,000 and $75,000. This exemption is
      from my office. Last month we submitted the 2018   Jacks, CFA, AAS, and her staff for a hands-on demonstration   not applied to school district taxes.
      preliminary tax roll to the Florida Department of Revenue   of PAPA’s website – redesigned and updated! We’ve simplified      When qualifying for the homestead exemption, you
      and the local taxing authorities. Countywide property   our content, increased visibility of our services, streamlined   will need the following documents for all property owners
      (taxable) values increased 6.53 percent from 2017 to 2018.  menus, all while keeping a responsive layout on all platforms.  applying:
         Each August, my office prepares the annual notice of   Learn Practical Tips On:                   • Florida driver’s license or Florida ID if you do not drive
      proposed taxes or TRIM notices for all property owners in   • Property search options including MyPAPA, an application   • Florida car registration
      the county. These notices will be mailed on Aug. 20.  that allows you to personalize and filter your search results,  • Florida voter’s ID (if you vote)
         I am excited to announce this is the last year for the   • Nearby sales search                    • Immigration documents if not a U.S. citizen.
      large-size style TRIM notice, as we will be transitioning to   • Advanced sales search                  Documents should reflect the address of your homesteaded
      a smaller, more concise design for the 2019 tax roll.   • E-address change                           property. Homestead Exemption also qualifies you for the 3
         As a reminder of what a TRIM notice is, in 1980, the   • Online structural details change         percent cap Save Our Homes (SOH).
      Florida legislature passed the “Truth-in-Millage” (TRIM) act.   • Navigation menus                      How do I apply? You have three options to submit your
      The law is designed to inform taxpayers which governmental   • Mapping tools                         application:
      entity is responsible for the taxes levied and the amount of      And much more…Everything you need to know about      • E-File
      tax liability owed to each taxing entity. It also provides the   PAPA from the experts. This event is free and open to the      • Complete the application online, visit https://www.
      market, assessed, and taxable values of your property, plus   public.                       Print it out and mail
      information about qualified exemptions and assessment caps.     To R.S.V.P., please email or call   to the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office,
         In addition, the TRIM notice allows taxpayers an   (561) 355-3230. All users of PAPA are welcome.  Exemption Services, 1st Floor, 301 N. Olive Ave., West Palm
      opportunity to provide input into taxing authorities’ budgets                                        Beach, FL 33401.
      and millage rates before they become final. You have 25 days   Homestead Exemption Filing               • Visit one of our five service centers to file in person.
      from the mailing date of the TRIM notices in which to file a                                            All homestead exemption applications must be submitted
      petition with the Value Adjustment Board (VAB) contesting  For 2019 Tax Year                         by March 1.
      the property’s value or exemption and classification validity.                                          For more information, contact Exemption Services at
         Any questions regarding your TRIM notice, property      Purchased a residence in Palm Beach County? In the   (561) 355-2866 or or log onto
      value, and exemption amounts, you can always contact us   state of Florida, a $25,000 exemption is applied to the first
      at (561) 355-3230.
         And don’t miss out on a free seminar on Aug. 8 to learn
      how to navigate the Property Appraiser Public Access
      (PAPA) website. All users of PAPA are welcome. Check out
      the details in this month’s newsletter.
                                 Dorothy Jacks, CFA, AAS,
                      Palm Beach County Property Appraiser

      Mark Your Calendars!

      Get Connected To PAPA…The Property Appraiser Public
      Access Website
      Aug. 8, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
      Vista Center, Room 47-50, 2300 N. Jog Road, West Palm
      Beach, FL 33411
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