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A Constitutional Officer

The county property appraiser is an elected constitutional officer, which means it is an office created by the Florida constitution as an independent arm of local government. This ensures that the creation of a tax base through the appraisal and assessment process remains separate from and independent of the taxing authorities' power to levy property taxes. This is an important constitutional protection from unfair taxation.

The property appraiser determines the value of all property in the county as of January 1st of each year and certifies the total taxable value of that property to the taxing authorities; county commissions, school boards, city commissions and water management districts. The taxing authorities then set a rate at which all the property will be taxed for the year. This determines the amount of tax each property owner will pay. For a list of the current millage rates for each taxing authority, click on our Tax Rates page.


Exemptions

The property tax is called an "ad valorem" tax, which means "according to value". Over a number of years, certain exemptions from taxation have been granted in Florida law. These include governmental, charitable, educational and religious exemptions. Also, there is an exemption for property owned and used as a permanent legal residence, as well as personal exemptions for widows, widowers and certain disabilities. For more detailed information about property tax exemptions, click on our Property Tax Exemptions page.


Tangible Personal Property

Tangible personal property is property, other than real estate, that has value in and of itself. By Florida law all tangible personal property is taxable, based on its value, at the same tax rate applied to real estate. Household goods and personal effects are exempt. For a detailed explanation of Tangible Personal Property, click on our Tangible Personal Property page.



Street Address Office Hours Mailing Address
Suwannee County Property Appraiser
215 Pine Ave SW
Suite B
Live Oak, FL 32064
386-362-1385 -phone
386-364-3531 -fax
8:30am - 5:00pm (Mon-Fri, except holidays)
Suwannee County Property Appraiser
215 Pine Ave SW
Suite B
Live Oak, FL 32064


DISCLAIMER
This information was derived from data which was compiled by the Suwannee County Property Appraiser Office solely for the governmental purpose of property assessment. This information should not be relied upon by anyone as a determination of the ownership of property or market value. No warranties, expressed or implied, are provided for the accuracy of the data herein, it's use, or it's interpretation. Although it is periodically updated, this information may not reflect the data currently on file in the Property Appraiser's office.
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