February is the last month for property tax early payment discounts, Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon said in a newsletter. Pay by February 28 and save 1 percent.
Property taxes are due by March 31. Taxpayers can use the office’s ePay system; instructions are on the website.
Taxpayers also can sign up for the Tax Collector’s advance installment plan for their 2018 property tax payment; make four payments throughout the year and get a discount of just under 4 percent. Sign up on the website by April 30.
The Tax Collector also offers a tax planner and services guide. It includes a calendar, information about services, frequently asked questions, and a glossary of tax terms. Pick up a hard copy at one of the Tax Collector’s offices or click here to download. For bulk copies, email ClientAdvocate@taxcollectorpbc.com.
For more, call the tax collector at 561- 355-2264.
On Tuesday in West Palm Beach, the 16-county district’s governing board approved a $726.6 million budget for 2016-2017 in which property owners will pay $33.07 per $100,000 of taxable land value, the agency said in a release.
The budget comes from a mix of property taxes and other income from local, state and federal sources, as well as fees, investments and farming taxes.
About 85 percent of the budget goes for flood control, operations and maintenance of lands, as well as ongoing restoration goals. That includes $54.1 million for the next phases of an $880 million plan to improve Everglades water quality. The release said the budget contains $234 million in state money to accelerate restoration projects.
The state many years ago required entities to show the rollback rate, the rate at which the average homeowner would pay the same amount as last year if the entity’s budget was exactly the same as last year.
In the box score issued Monday, the appraiser broke out for each entity two numbers. The one in blue is “equal to the rollback,” meaning no tax increase on the average property covered by that entity. The number in green, “below rollback,” means that, if the proposed rate passes, you’ll actually pay less in taxes, even though your property’s value might have stayed the same or gone up.
Palm Beach County Commissioners voted Tuesday to cap the 2016-2017 property tax rate at no more than its current $4.78 per $1,000 of taxable value. That would keep the rate unchanged for a sixth straight year.
“This is the fourth year in a row the market has improved,” Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits said in a release.
The figures inch the county closer to its historic high of $169.5 billion, set in 2007, before the recession sent it plummeting to a 10-year low of $124.4 billion three years later. Since 2012, the market value of real property in the county has jumped 46 percent, Wednesday’s release said.
Values are set as of Jan. 1 and give cities and other taxing entities guidance as they assemble their budgets, and potential tax rates, for approval at the end of September.
Palm Beach County’s staff will present its proposed budget for fiscal year 2017 during a meeting scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. today at the Weisman Governmental Center.
Staff is recommending that property tax rates be held steady, but, because property values are rising, taxpayers would pay a combined $56.8 million more in taxes in 2017 than they are paying this year.
County Administrator Verdenia Baker has said the county needs the additional revenue generated by rising property taxes to continue providing expected levels of service to county residents.
If you’re one of the 25,234 Palm Beach County property owners who have signed up to pay your annual property taxes in quarterly installments, you first bill will go in the mail Wednesday, the Tax Collector’s office said today.
Quarterly payments are due in June, September, December and March. You must pay the first one by June 30th or you’re booted from the program. Enrollees can pay online at http://www.pbctax.com . “eCheck” payments are free. Convenience fees are applied to credit and debit card transactions.
Enrollees get a discount of just under 4 percent. Any property owner with estimated taxes of more than $100 qualifies and had to have enrolled by April 30.
Part of it was because the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles office, near Palm Beach International Airport, closed in June, sending driver license business went to the tax collector office.
But a lot of it was good old procrastination. Feb. 29 was the last day to get a 1 percent discount. It was 2 percent in January and 3 percent in December.
People may also mail or drop off payments. And they can go online towww.pbctax.comto pay 2015 property taxes, do motor vehicle and vessel registrations, make business tax payments, schedule driver license appointments, or check current wait times. Call 561-355-2264.