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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 Authority Phone Number Email/Website
City of North Port 941.429.7106 www.cityofnorthport.com
City of Sarasota 941.954.4124 kelly.strickland@sarasotagov.com
City of Venice 941.882.7390 www.venicegov.com
Emergency Medical Services 941.861.5000 www.scgov.net
Golden Gate Point Streetscape District 941.954.4124 kelly.strickland@sarasotagov.com
Lighting & Public Improvement Districts (PIDs) 941.861.0927 lcece@scgov.net
Mosquito Control 941.861.5000 www.scgov.net
Navigable Waterways 941.232.5541 psemenec@scgov.net
St. Armands Business Improvement District 941.954.4124 kelly.strickland@sarasotagov.com
Sarasota County General Revenue & Bonds 941.861.5000 www.scgov.net
Sarasota Downtown Improvement District 941.954.4124 kelly.strickland@sarasotagov.com
Sarasota Memorial Hospital 941.917.1732 Nelson-Lane@smh.com
Sarasota School Board 941.927.9000 ext. 31300 al.weidner@sarasotacountyschools.net
SW FL Water Mgmt. District 941.377.3722 ext. 6530 tara.poulton@WaterMatters.org
Town of Longboat Key 941.316.1999 ssmith@longboatkey.org
West Coast Inland Navigation 941.485.9402 admin@wcind.net