CLERK & COMPTROLLER’S OFFICE ACCEPTING PROPERTY APPRAISAL PETITIONS
Deadline to file a petition with the Value Adjustment Board is September 16
WEST PALM BEACH, FL (August 23, 2016) – Palm Beach County taxpayers have until Friday, September 16 to challenge their property’s assessed value, classification, or an exemption by petitioning the county’s Value Adjustment Board (VAB).
Taxpayers have three options to file VAB petitions:
- Online at www.mypalmbeachclerk.com using myVAB
- In person at the Clerk’s Governmental Center or branch locations *
- By mail to 301 North Olive Avenue, Room 203, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
“As property values begin to rise again in Palm Beach County, more people may want to contest those appraisals through the VAB process," said Clerk Sharon Bock. "Our myVAB makes it easy and convenient to file a petition and get updates throughout the VAB process."
Petition forms for those who choose not to use the online myVAB option are available from the Clerk’s office, the Property Appraiser or the Florida Department of Revenue’s website. All VAB petitions, whether submitted in person, online or by mail, must include a non-refundable $15 filing fee.
The Property Appraiser provides taxpayers with their property’s assessed and market values in a Truth in Millage (TRIM) notice that begin arriving in mailboxes on August 22. The VAB, which consists of two county commissioners, one school board member and two citizen members, approves and hires special magistrates to settle any disputes between the property owner and Property Appraiser. It is an independent entity that is not affiliated with the Property Appraiser, Tax Collector or Clerk & Comptroller.
Hearings on petitions filed in 2016 will begin in mid-October. Last year, Palm Beach County property owners filed 5,584 VAB petitions, compared to the 4,444 filed in 2014.
As Clerk to the VAB, the Clerk’s office receives and processes petitions, schedules and coordinates hearings, records the hearings and more.
For more information on myVAB, the Value Adjustment Board or the Clerk & Comptroller’s office, visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/VAB or call 561.355.6289.
* Note: Branch offices in the South County Courthouse, Midwestern Communities Service Center and North County Courthouse are closed to the public on Fridays. On September 16, VAB petitions can ONLY be filed online, on the first floor of the Governmental Center at 301 North Olive Avenue in West Palm Beach or at the West County Courthouse in Belle Glade.
The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents. In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.
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