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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 Port941.429.7106www.cityofnorthport.com
City of Sarasota941.263.6416kelly.strickland@sarasotafl.gov
City of Sarasota Parks & Recreation District941.263.6416kelly.strickland@sarasotafl.gov
City of Venice941.882.7390www.venicegov.com
Emergency Medical Services941.861.5000www.scgov.net
Golden Gate Point Streetscape District941.263.6416kelly.strickland@sarasotafl.gov
Lighting & Public Improvement Districts (PIDs)941.861.0927bsulzener@scgov.net
Mosquito Control941.861.5000www.scgov.net
Navigable Waterways941.402.3826psemenec@scgov.net
Sarasota County General Revenue & Bonds941.861.5000www.scgov.net
Sarasota County Legacy Trail941.861.5000www.scgov.net
Sarasota Downtown Improvement District941.263.6416kelly.strickland@sarasotafl.gov
Sarasota County Public Hospital District941.917.7164Colby-McAnarney@smh.com
Sarasota School Board941.927.9000 x-31347christa.curtner@sarasotacountyschools.net
SW FL Water Mgmt. District800.423.1476Andrea.Shamblin@swfwmd.state.fl.us
Town of Longboat Key941.316.1999ssmith@longboatkey.org
West Coast Inland Navigation941.485.9402justin@wcind.net or joan@wcind.net