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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 Authority Phone Number Email/Website
City of North Port 941.429.7106
City of Sarasota 941.263.6416
City of Sarasota Parks & Recreation District 941.263.6416
City of Venice 941.882.7390
Emergency Medical Services 941.861.5000
Golden Gate Point Streetscape District 941.263.6416
Lighting & Public Improvement Districts (PIDs) 941.861.0927
Mosquito Control 941.861.5000
Navigable Waterways 941.402.3826
St. Armands Business Improvement District 941.263.6416
Sarasota County General Revenue & Bonds 941.861.5000
Sarasota County Legacy Trail 941.861.5000
Sarasota Downtown Improvement District 941.263.6416
Sarasota County Public Hospital District 941.917.7164
Sarasota School Board 941.927.9000 x-31302
SW FL Water Mgmt. District 800.423.1476
Town of Longboat Key 941.316.1999
West Coast Inland Navigation 941.485.9402 or