Palm Beach County Tax Collector: property tax discount ends Feb. 28

TaxCollectorLogoFebruary 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

For more, call the tax collector at 561- 355-2264.


Sign up to pay Palm Beach County property taxes in installments

TaxCollectorLogoPeople can sign up to pay property taxes in four installments, Tax Collector Anne Gannon said Monday.

The deadline to apply is April 30, 2017. The plan offers a discount of slightly under 4 percent. Quarterly payments are due by the last day of June, September, December and March.

Property owners can go online and complete a short application. Applications were mailed with all 2016 tax bills or can be picked up at a Tax Collector service center.

In 2016, about 22,117 properties were enrolled in the plan. If you’re in the plan now, you don’t need to re-enroll.

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South Florida Water Management District OKs new budget with no tax rate increase

nckrnyt9Tax rates for the South Florida Water Management District won’t go up for a sixth straight year.

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.

Palm Beach County Property Appraiser issues “rollback” info. What’s your rate?

moneyPAO_LogoJPGOn Monday, the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser issued, and mailed to 654,930 property owners, its annual “TRIM” notice (“Truth in Millage.”).

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.

Call the property appraiser at 561-355-3230 or visit

Palm Beach County OKs capping property tax rate

Post on Growth
Post on Growth

moneyPalm 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.

If the proposed budget is approved, the county would collect $786.7 million in property taxes, $56.8 million more than was collected in 2016 because property taxes have continued their post-recession climb.


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Appraiser: Palm Beach County property values up 8.41 percent over 2015



The numbers keep rising.

Officials now say Palm Beach County’s property value jumped 8.41 percent from 2015 to 2016, in July 1 preliminary tax roll numbers submitted today to the state.

And the county property appraiser’s office says, those numbers could change again before the final accounting. This is the second of three required certifications; the last is Nov. 1. The figure was 7.85 percent in late May, and a late April estimate put it at 6.6 percent.

Wednesday’s box score:

  • Total market value: $237.5 billion
  • Total taxable value: $165.1 billion
  • Number of parcels: 635,144

“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.

Baker lays out proposed PBC budget for 2017

Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker laid out a proposed budget for 2017, which would hold property tax rates steady and include more than $594 million in funding for law enforcement.

Because of rising property values, taxpayers would pay more. Baker has said the county needs the additional revenue to continue providing residents with expected levels of services.

County commissioners will set the property tax rate on July 12 and then hold a pair of public hearings – one on September 6 and another on September 19, when the final budget will be adopted.

County Administrator Verdenia Baker
County Administrator Verdenia Baker


PBC staff to present proposed FY ’17 budget today

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.

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County Administrator Verdenia Baker
County Administrator Verdenia Baker

Paying Palm Beach County property taxes in installments? First bill goes out Wednesday

TaxCollectorLogoIf 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 . “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.


Haven’t paid property taxes? Hurry. Deadline is Thursday

022616-PBC-TAX-LINES-3Remember those long lines at the Palm Beach County Governmental Center at the end of February? Expect them again this week.

Thursday is the deadline for property taxes. Period. Penalties and fees apply after that.

In late February, lines to get into the county Tax Collector’s office snaked through the main lobby and, on some days, out the door and into the courtyard.

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.

Now time’s up.

Downtown West Palm Beach isn’t your only option. You can go to the new Central Center on Military Trail as well as five satellite offices.

Tax Collector Anne Gannon has said up to four in 10 people can go to her website to conduct their business.

Palm Beach County Tax Collector Service Centers:

People may also mail or drop off payments. And they can go online to 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.