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                                                                                   Please remember, the tax   with us on Twitter and Instagram
                                                                                 collector does not determine   (@TAXPBC) to learn how to
                                                                                 the amount you must pay for   take that hour of your life back
                                                                                 property taxes. We collect the   by  simply planning ahead  or
                                                                                 amount due and distribute the   choosing a different payment
                                                                                 revenue to the appropriate   method.
                                                         taxing authorities. Many factors influence the amount you     One of the very best ways
      Dear Friend,                                       must pay in annual property taxes. This graphic illustrates   you can take your hour back is
        This month the property                          how these factors are added together to determine your   to make an appointment for
      appraiser mails a “Truth in                        annual property taxes.                            driver’s license service. You can book your appointment a
      Millage” (TRIM) Notice of                            Please contact the Palm Beach County Property   full 90 days before your driver’s license expires. You won’t
      Proposed Property Taxes to                         Appraiser’s Office for questions about taxable value. Contact   waste an hour waiting in line.
      all property owners.  This                         your local municipality with questions pertaining to millage   Tourist Development Tax Is Moving Online!
      notice is not a bill. If you have                  rates and non-ad valorem taxes.                     As we write this month’s issue of Property Matters, we
      questions about the notice,                          If you don’t agree with your assessed value of your   are also performing final acceptance testing of our new
      please contact the property                        property, you can file a petition for adjustment with the Value   online Tourist Development Tax (TDT) system. The system
      appraiser’s office.                                Adjustment Board (VAB). The VAB settles disputes between   is scheduled to be available for property owners and their
        Another important date to                        taxpayers and the property appraiser. The deadline to file a   agents to file TDT returns beginning Aug. 1 for the July rental
      remember is Aug. 28, Primary                       petition is Sept. 14. For more information on filed petitions,   period. Once the system is available, paper returns will no
      Day. The winners will be on the November ballot. Please   hearing dates, rescheduling, the appeal process and/or final   longer be accepted.
      exercise your right to vote, it’s critical to our democracy!   decisions, call the VAB at (561) 355-6289 or visit www.    The new online system will give you the ability to manage
                                           Best regards,                        your TDT account 24/7. You can register your property, file
                                        Anne M. Gannon   Update Your Address With The Property Appraiser’s   returns, pay the Tourist Development Tax and authorize an
                                                         Office                                            agent to manage your property for you.
      Check Your Mailbox For Your TRIM Notice In August    Now is the time to verify your address and report any     For the latest information, please visit www.pbctax.
        This month, the property appraiser mails “Truth in Millage”   errors or updates to the Property Appraiser’s Office at (561)   com/tdt.
      (TRIM) Notice of Proposed Property Taxes to property   355-2866. We use the information they have on file to mail   Don’t Forget, The PGA Service Center Is Closed
      owners. This is not a bill. These notices provide information   your 2018 property tax bill in November. If you do not     In May, we closed our aging, former DMV office at
      on any proposed changes in the millage rate (tax rate) of each   receive a tax bill in November, search our payment center   3185 PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens to make way
      taxing authority and lists your property’s market and assessed   for your records. It is the responsibility of each taxpayer to   for a new, state-of-the-art facility to serve North County
      value. They also list exemptions applied to your property.   ensure property taxes are paid, regardless if a tax notice is   taxpayers. Only the road test course remains in use. Please
                                                         received or not.                                  visit us just around the corner at 3188 PGA Boulevard in the
                                                         Let Us Help You Take Your Hour Back!              Northeast County Courthouse complex where we continue
                                                           Did you know the average wait time in our service   to provide all services. The new service center is slated to
                                                         centers is 52 minutes? That’s nearly one hour of your life   open in late 2019.
                                                         that could be better spent enjoying your summer! Connect
                                                         Commissioner’s Update

                                                         Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse                          U.S. Lighthouse Service era, and World War II. The 156-
                                                                                                           foot lighthouse is the oldest existing structure in Palm
                                                         Outstanding Natural Area                          Beach County, dating from 1860, and continues as an
                                                                                                           active U.S. Coast Guard aid to maritime navigation.
                                                                                                             Sitting at the convergence of the Indian and Loxahatchee
                                                         By Commissioner
        Town Of                                          Hal Valeche                                       Rivers, JILONA bears archaeological evidence of
                                                           T he  Ju pi t e r Inl e t
                                                                                                           continuous Native American habitation from 3000 B.C.
        Jupiter News                                     Lighthouse is an iconic                           until 1763 A.D. The site earned a place on the National
                                                         symbol of the town as well
                                                                                                           Register of Historic Places in 1973. It is home to four
                                                         as an identifying feature
                                                                                                           sensitive habitats and 26 special status species.
                                                         in northern Palm Beach                              Through  a  partnership  with  the  Loxahatchee River
        By Ilan Kaufer, Town Of                          County, and there is not a                        Historical Society, JILONA offers interpretive exhibits,
        Jupiter Councilman                               festival around where an                          tours, and programs to over 75,000 visitors annually,
          Happy August! Please                           artist has not depicted the                       enjoyed by students and ecotourists from around the
        be mindful of the heat                           majestic red brick edifice                        globe. Another of the featured structures is the Tindall
        and make sure to use                             in a painting or photograph.                      house, Palm Beach County’s oldest known residence. A
        sunscreen on these sunny                           This historical beacon of light  and  the surrounding   walk along the hardened trail and boardwalk will take
        days! I hope everyone                            126 acres of natural lands on which it sits holds the   you through native and restored Florida coastal habitats
        had a great July and to                          proud designation as one of only three outstanding   and tropical hardwood hammocks.
        all those families starting                      natural areas in the entire United States. Designated     The Florida Department of Environmental Protection
        school wishing you a                             by Congress in 2008 to protect, conserve, and enhance   Greenways and Trails and the Florida Parks Service report
        great start to the school                        the unique and nationally significant historical, natural,   that outdoor recreation is a major economic driver in this
        year. Please find below a                        cultural, scientific, educational, scenic, and recreational   state, employing more than information technology and
        few recent council updates.                      values of the federal land surrounding the lighthouse for   aviation/aerospace industries combined. This industry
        Town Millage Rate                                the benefit of present and future generations of people   contributes $58.6 billion annually for our economy and
          In July of each year the town must set the Truth in   in the United States. It is the only unit of the national   generates $3.5 billion in state and local tax revenue.
        Millage Rate, which is the maximum rate the town can   conservation lands east of the Mississippi River and the     The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area
        assess when the final budget is adopted in September. In   only site managed by the Bureau of Land Management’s   is a unique and historically significant site, contributing
        July, the Council set the rate at the same as the existing   Eastern States. A celebration on May 8 honored the 10th   an annual local economic impact of more than $5 million.
        rate, meaning there will be no increases to the millage   anniversary of this designation.         I encourage you to visit and enjoy this jewel in North
        rate next year. As we move through the budget process     The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area   County.
        the Council will still have discretion to discuss and adopt   (JILONA) preserves over 5,000 years of Florida history,     As always, please contact me if I can be of assistance
        a lower rate.                                    Native American heritage, early river pioneer settlements,   at (561) 355-2201 or by email at
        Police Station And Veterans Memorial
          The council recently approved a contract with
        Kaufman Lynn Construction for the construction   18528 Lake Bend Drive:                   Just Reduced
        management services for the new police department,   Lovely 3 bedroom plus den overlooking
        emergency operations center, and veterans memorial.   sparkling pool.  New neutral paint. Tile
                                                         floors.  $455,000
        This is a great step forward and I look forward to keeping
        this project on time to enhance the town’s public safety
        operations and honor our brave military veterans.  6685 Winding Lake: 4 bedroom
        July 4 Mega Bash                                 plus den and pool.  CBS, new metal roof,   Just Reduced
          I hope everyone had a great July 4. As we have in   new kitchen, porcelain floors.  $575,000
        previous years, the town was a sponsor of the July 4   6246 Winding Lake Drive:
        fireworks at Roger Dean Stadium. Despite a little rain, the   Expansive 4/3/2 CBS home with pool,
        show went on and it was great to see so many residents   summer kitchen, and on a third of an
        out to celebrate.                                acre lot.  $600,000.
          As always please contact me with any comments                                             Just Listed
        or questions at and follow me on
        Facebook or
        Twitter @Councilorkaufer.
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