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TRIM notices on the way to South Florida property owners
August 24, 2012
Miami Herald

It’s that time of year again for Florida property owners.

The Miami-Dade Property Appraiser plans to mail out TRIM notices to more than one million property owners Friday, as are its counterparts in counties throughout the state.

The truth in millage notices — which are required under state law — lay out the assessed value that the county has calculated for a piece of real property as of Jan. 1, 2012. They list any homestead exemptions or other tax breaks that are in effect.

Property owners have until Sept. 18 to file an appeal with the Value Adjustment Board if they think that the value isn’t accurate.

“It’s loaded with important information and we encourage people to read them carefully,” said Lazaro Solis, deputy property appraiser for Miami-Dade. “It kills me to see some of the cases the come across our office where people have missed the deadline to challenge them and the law doesn’t allow us to reduce the values.”

Sometimes a homeowner may have filed for an exemption but it isn’t properly recorded. “Or they may have damage to the property that we don’t know about that affects the value,” Solis said.

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