Bartow, Fla. (August 18th, 2020) – Stacy Butterfield, Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, announces that Polk County property owners wanting to contest their property’s assessed value have until Friday, Sept. 11, to file a petition with the county’s Value Adjustment Board (VAB). The deadline for exemptions and classifications has expired.
The Polk County Property Appraiser notified taxpayers of their property’s assessed and market values in the Truth in Millage (TRIM) notices that were mailed on Aug. 17. The notices are also available online at www.polkpa.org.
Taxpayers have three options to file VAB petitions:
- Online at polkcountyclerk.net/Value-Adjustment-Board/
- In person at the VAB Office located on the third floor of the County Administration Building, 330 W. Church St., Bartow, FL. A table has been set up to allow for social distancing for the safety of both employees and petitioners.
- By mail to P.O. Box 988, Bartow, FL 33831
All VAB petitions for assessed value – whether submitted in person, online or by mail – must be received before 5 p.m. on Sept. 11 and must include a nonrefundable $15 filing fee.
If a petitioner can demonstrate that there were extraordinary circumstances which delayed the filing of any petition until after the deadline, the VAB will accept a Good Cause petition along with the $15 filing fee after the filing deadline, and may schedule a hearing if the Good Cause is granted by the magistrate.
The VAB, which consists of two county commissioners, one school board member and two citizen members, approves and hires magistrates to settle any disputes between the property owner and Property Appraiser. It is an independent entity that is not affiliated with the Property Appraiser or Tax Collector.
“It is important that property owners understand they have the option to contest their property values, exemption status or classification each year,” Clerk Butterfield said. “Property owners can rest assured that they have the opportunity to petition the independent VAB for an impartial outcome. I strongly encourage petitioners to take advantage of our online submission capability. The online service makes it easy and convenient to file a petition and get updates throughout the process.”
Property owners who want to contest their assessed value, exemptions, or classifications may want to contact the Property Appraiser’s office prior to filing a petition. Sometimes the issue can be resolved without having to file a petition.
As Clerk to the VAB, the Clerk & Comptroller receives and processes petitions, schedules and coordinates hearings, records the hearings, and more. For more information, visit www.polkcountyclerk.net/Value-Adjustment-Board/ or contact VAB Clerk Jennifer Leidinger at 863-534-6502.