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CLERK & COMPTROLLER’S OFFICE ACCEPTING PROPERTY APPRAISAL PeTITIONS

Deadline is September 14 for taxpayers to petition the Value Adjustment Board

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (August 25, 2015) – Palm Beach County taxpayers have until
September 14 to challenge their property’s market value, classification, or an exemption by petitioning the county’s Value Adjustment Board, or VAB.

Hearings on petitions filed in 2015 will begin on October 20. Last year, Palm Beach County property owners filed 4,444 VAB petitions, compared to the 4,909 filed in 2013.

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

“We want to make it easy and convenient for those homeowners who are looking to contest appraisals through the VAB process,” said Clerk Sharon R. Bock. “Our myVAB system gives individuals real-time access, allowing petitioners to view scheduled hearings and submit supporting materials electronically.”

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 notified taxpayers of their property’s assessed and market values in a Truth in Millage (TRIM) notice that began arriving in mailboxes on August 20. 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.

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 or call (561) 355-6289.

**Note: On September 14, VAB petitions can ONLY be filed online or on the first floor of the Governmental Center at 301 North Olive Avenue in Downtown West Palm Beach. Other Clerk & Comptroller offices will be closed in observance of Rosh Hashanah.

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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