Re: [rlccef] Fw: [9-12-melbourne] Tax Increase Definition

From: user 1.
Sent on: Friday, August 5, 2011 9:08 AM
Apparently they lie to the public as well.
Peter

On 8/5/2011 8:28 AM, Bob White wrote:
> Thanks to Penny for doing this research.
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> Thank you Penny. I find nothing in this statute that defines what a tax increase is, or gives the commissioners any basis from which they can claim they're not raising taxes. Great job! Thanks again.
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> From: Penny Canales<[address removed]>
> Date: Fri, 5 Aug[masked]:23:38
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> Subject: [9-12-melbourne] Tax Increase Definition
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> Question to Attorney Knox:
> Will you please tell me what Florida Statue Commissioner Fisher was referring to today that states a tax increase is technically not a tax increase?
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> Answer:
> I assume Robin was talking about the rolled back statute which is the starting point for all budget discussions.  The rolled back statute requires the board to determine the rate which will raise the same ad valorem tax revenue as was raised in the previous fiscal year.  The rolled back rate can be higher than last year, but the total tax revenue to the county must be the same under the calculation required by the statute (subject to several exceptions).  The BCC can actually set the tax rate higher or lower than the rolled back rate, but the first calculation that has to be made is the rolled back rate.
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> I have set forth the statute below.
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>[masked] Method of fixing millage.?
> (1) Upon completion of the assessment of all property pursuant to s. [masked], the property appraiser shall certify to each taxing authority the taxable value within the jurisdiction of the taxing authority. This certification shall include a copy of the statement required to be submitted under s. [masked]), as applicable to that taxing authority. The form on which the certification is made shall include instructions to each taxing authority describing the proper method of computing a millage rate
>   which, exclusive of new construction, additions to structures, deletions, increases in the value of improvements that have undergone a substantial rehabilitation which increased the assessed value of such improvements by at least 100 percent, property added due to geographic boundary changes, total taxable value of tangible personal property within the jurisdiction in excess of 115 percent of the previous year?s total taxable value, and any dedicated increment value, will provide the same ad valorem tax revenue for each taxing authority as was levied during the prior year less the amount, if any, paid or applied as a consequence of an obligation measured by the dedicated increment value. That millage rate shall be known as the ?rolled-back rate.? The property appraiser shall also include instructions, as prescribed by the Department of Revenue, to each county and municipality, each special district dependent
>   to a county or municipality, each municipal service taxing unit, and each independent special district describing the proper method of computing the millage rates and taxes levied as specified in subsection (5). The Department of Revenue shall prescribe the instructions and forms that are necessary to administer this subsection and subsection (5). The information provided pursuant to this subsection shall also be sent to the tax collector by the property appraiser at the time it is sent to each taxing authority.
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