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This year my property taxes were raised over 100 from 2148 in 2015 to 4474 in 2016. Is this legal?
Asked on December 2, 2016 under Real Estate Law, Florida
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 4 years ago | Contributor
As long as the increase was done in accordance with the procedure for setting or raising taxes and is based on an appraisal or valuation of your property, it is legal: the law does not cap how much the taxes can go up year to year, and large jumps are possible if it is determined that the property was previously undervalued.
However, even if legal, if you believe the assessment or valuation of property is incorrect (too high), you can challenge the amount on that basis. Ideally, you should hire an attorney who specializes in this to help you--that will greatly increase your odds of a favorable outcome. If you don't want to hire a lawyer, you can contact your county tax board for the procedure to file an appeal. You will need evidence of the proper valuation of your property, such as from an accredited appraiser; you should also research and come armed with comparable values of nearby, similar properties.
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