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Barbara Ford-Coates - Florida Tax Collector serving Sarasota County
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Ad Valorem Tax

In Florida, the real estate tax bill is a combined notice of ad valorem taxes and non-ad valorem assessments. The tangible tax bill is only for ad valorem taxes.

Ad valorem taxes are paid in arrears (at the end of the year) and are based on the calendar year from January 1 – December 31. The Property Appraiser assesses the value of a property and the Board of County Commissioners, School Board, Cities, and other levying bodies set the millage rates.

A millage rate is the rate of tax per thousand dollars of taxable value. To determine the ad valorem tax, multiply the taxable value (assessed value less any exemptions) by the millage rate and divide by 1,000. For example, $100,000 in taxable value with a millage rate of 5.0000 would generate $500 in taxes.

The Property Appraiser certifies the values and exemptions on the tax roll. The Tax Collector merges the ad valorem and non-ad valorem tax rolls and mails a tax bill to the owner’s last address of record.

The following is the contact information for the current taxing authorities:

Taxing AuthorityPhone NumberEmail/Website
City of North
City of
City of Sarasota Parks & Recreation
City of
Emergency Medical
Golden Gate Point Streetscape
Lighting & Public Improvement Districts (PIDs)
Sarasota County General Revenue &
Sarasota County Legacy
Sarasota Downtown Improvement
Sarasota County Public Hospital
Sarasota School Board941.927.9000
SW FL Water Mgmt.
Town of Longboat
West Coast Inland or