Sept. 10 the deadline to appeal property tax bills

County’s Value Adjustment Board to consider petitions that meet the deadline

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Any Sarasota County property owner interested in appealing a proposed property tax bill has until Sept. 10 to file a petition for consideration by the Value Adjustment Board (VAB), Karen Rushing, Sarasota County clerk of the Circuit Court and county comptroller, has announced.

As the official clerk to the VAB, the Clerk and Comptroller’s Office provides taxpayers “the convenience of filing a petition online” by using the VAB Online Petition Filing service, a news release says. A person also may file a paper petition or visit the Board Records office location, the release adds. The latter option is by appointment only. “To schedule an appointment for in-person filing, email the Board Records department or call 941-861-5279,” the release explains.

“To use the VAB Online Petition Filing service, you will need your Truth in Millage (TRIM) notice from the Sarasota County Property Appraiser, your contact information, and a debit or credit card to pay the $15 filing fee,” the release notes.

Petitions filed after the Sept. 10 deadline will be considered only “if good cause is shown for the late filing,” the release emphasizes.

Further, any taxpayer who files a petition should be aware that, under the guidelines of state law, a partial payment of the property tax bill must be submitted before April 1, 2022, to avoid denial of the petition, the release points out. For information on making a partial tax payment or the delinquency date, a property owner may review his or her tax bill in November or contact the Sarasota County Tax Collector.

The Value Adjustment Board (VAB) consists of two members of the County Commission, one member of the Sarasota County School Board, and two citizens, the Clerk of Court’s Office explains in the release. The board appoints Special Magistrates to conduct hearings on petitions filed, the release notes.