The county property appraiser has answered my request to increase the market value of the house. They think that I am nuts because I am essentially asking them to increase my taxes. That is wrong in any event. Because of Save Our Homes, my assessed value can’t increase by more than 3% if I stay here, and if I move it actually cuts the taxes in my new home, because it maximizes my SOH credit.

Thank you for contacting our office. I want to make you aware that the value assigned by our office is for tax purposes only, and is not reflective of the resale value of your home. You want this value to be as low as possible. The value we arrived at is what you will pay taxes on. Did this answer your question?

If they had half a brain they would see what we are doing here.

EDITED TO ADD: I told them that I still want my value increased. They replied:

So let me understand your email more accurately: You are requesting that we raise your property taxes?

Now my wife is nervous and says “Are we sure that we know what we are doing here?”

Yes, I am. The Save Our Homes Credit is portable, and increasing the market value on our current home will reduce our taxes in the new house by about $2200 a year.

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Rick T · August 31, 2023 at 11:46 am

He may have half a brain and doesn’t want to help you avoid (in his mind evade) future taxes. Lower taxes means lower pay raises in the future.

I expect FL state employees hate SOH as deeply as CA state workers hate their Prop 13.

Ozborn · August 31, 2023 at 1:28 pm

Im thinking your going to need to get that lawyer.

Third World Banana · August 31, 2023 at 1:41 pm

Back in mid 2000’s an AA hire appraiser raised property taxes by 800% in the county containing Capitol City.
There was an outcry, this was when you could still exercise 1A rights and redress for grievances.
The state made it harder to change property taxes at such a high amount at one time and the flunky appraiser got a pink slip.

Birdog357 · August 31, 2023 at 5:42 pm

This whole system you’ve described was designed by a retarded monkey. Here in IN, it’s a market state, your appraisal is based on the market value of the house, which is influenced by recent sales in your area, this is why my taxes have gone up, the cockroaches are fleeing shitcago. Taxes are constitutionally capped at 1% of value for primary residences. That’s it. That’s all the more complicated it is for a home.

    Divemedic · August 31, 2023 at 6:02 pm

    Florida used to be based on market value, then our market values began skyrocketing. People voted to change having their taxes increase by 15-25% year over year, so we got the system we have now. It still results in us paying lower taxes than almost anywhere else.
    My property taxes were less than $2,000 for 2022. No income tax.
    If I were in Indiana with all things being the same, my property taxes would be higher AND I would pay a 3.15% state income tax.

      Rick T · August 31, 2023 at 6:37 pm

      Prop 13 capped real estate property tax increases in California in 1978. The State unions hate it and have been trying to bypass it for decades, the latest was to decouple commercial real estate valuations and allow much higher tax increases. Texas appears to limit their appraised value increases to 10% per year but that can still price a fixed income person out of their home pretty quickly.

    Steve · September 1, 2023 at 11:36 am

    Huh. When did that change? Just a few years ago, people fleeing Chicago were buying houses in Beverley Shores, ripping them down to the foundation, then building multi-story cantilevered atrocities on the same foundation because of some hinky rule about how that was considered renovation, so one set of assessor rules, instead of new construction, which was straight up market value.

    D · September 1, 2023 at 12:23 pm

    It needs to be *way* less complicated than that.
    Property taxes are socialism.
    If 51% of your neighbors decide to buy the police department a tank or remodel the local schools for the 2nd time during COVID, you have to pay for it. Or else. They’ll lock you in a cage like a dog and shoot you if you resist. Then they’ll take all your shit and auction it off. Too bad for you if you died at 65 and your wife gets kicked out because she’s also 65 and can’t find a job.

    While I think all taxation is theft, I would (at most) support a sales tax on things that aren’t food or utilities.

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