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Matt Caldwell

Matt Caldwell knew he would have a tough act to observe after the four-decade run of his predecessor Ken Wilkinson on the Lee County Property Appraiser’s workplace.

Nevertheless, he’s in a short time placing his stamp on the way in which issues occur there.

Caldwell addressed a well-attended North Fort Myers Civic Affiliation assembly Tuesday and spoke about his job, what it entails and the way the various exceptions within the advert valorem tax guidelines within the state can actually profit property house owners if they give the impression of being exhausting sufficient.

Caldwell went over the method of how Lee County residents are taxed. The tax collector sends you the invoice, collects the cash and sends it the place it must go. The entities who get the cash decide the tax price whereas Caldwell’s workplace determines what the taxable valuation of every property is.

“I’ve solely two bosses, you and the governor. You’re the solely individuals who can fireplace me,” Caldwell stated. “You’re the just one I reply to. Our job is to be your advocate.”

It was good timing for the data, since property house owners are set to obtain TRIM, or Fact in Millage, notices. TRIM notices inform property house owners of what the millage charges are proposed to be from numerous taxing entities, who taxes you, what every entities’ proposed tax price is, what the assessed worth of your property is, its taxable valuation, and — most essential to many — what you’ll owe in advert valorem and different taxes might be ought to these tax charges and evaluation ranges be accepted at upcoming public hearings.

Caldwell’s workplace spends eight months beginning Jan. 1 figuring out property values. That date signifies who will get the homestead exemption at that sure handle.

“We put collectively the whole lot we all know in regards to the gross sales that occurred the 12 months earlier than. We researched as a lot as we might each piece of property bought within the county,” Caldwell stated, including there are almost 550,000 parcels they’ve to guage.

Property house owners have the proper to enchantment the valuation positioned on their property. People who’ve questions on their property worth can name Caldwell’s workplace.

The county has round 2,000 appeals per 12 months relating to property values, which Caldwell referred to as a reasonably good quantity contemplating the variety of parcels.

Property house owners have 25 days after the TRIM discover arrives to file an enchantment. In Lee County a Justice of the Peace is introduced within the resolve on the enchantment, a course of that goes from August to as late as February. You possibly can even enchantment that call to the circuit courtroom, however these are very uncommon and normally entail industrial property, Caldwell stated.

In fact, the homestead exemption has turn out to be crucial this 12 months with the unprecedented enhance in property values, with many seeing a rise of 20 p.c or extra. The homestead exemption limits the taxable valuation enhance to p.c; it’s capped at 10 p.c for these with out the exemption.

There are various different exemptions as properly. Maybe the most important one is for low-income seniors who’ve lived in the identical home for 25 years. Those that qualify for the extra exemption seemingly is not going to must pay property taxes.

“We don’t need to see folks have to go away their house as a result of they will now not afford to dwell there,” Caldwell stated.

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