County officials offer TRIM advice
All Nassau County property owners should have received their Truth in Millage statements that show proposed property taxes for 2019.
County officials issued a press release to explain proposed rates and other variables that could affect the amount of taxes due.
The example pictured is for a property located in the City of Fernandina Beach. If you look at the first column, you will see that Nassau County’s millage rate in 2018 was 7.4278 and in column three the proposed tax rate for 2019 is also 7.4278. The Board of County Commissioners is not proposing a tax increase.
The information in the second column is the “Rolled Back” rate. This is the rate the board would levy to generate the same revenue generated in 2018. If it were used, it would decrease funds available in the 2019-20 budget by $7 million. Those funds are earmarked for personnel and equipment to improve Nassau’s emergency response capabilities, including 15 new sheriff’s office positions, 10 new fire rescue positions, a new brush truck and tanker truck and five new positions for the Road Department dedicated to improving drainage across the county.
The reason for the increase to the amount paid to Nassau County is solely due to increase in the property’s assessed value. Property values rise for various reasons and are controlled by state statutes and resolutions.
The example also reflects taxes assessed by the City of Fernandina Beach since this property is located within the city limits. TRIM notices for property owners within the towns of Callahan or Hilliard reflect municipal taxes as well.
Other taxing districts that assess taxes to all Nassau County properties include the Nassau County School Board, St. Johns River Water Management District and Florida Inland Navigation District.
Contact the individual taxing authority with questions about taxes levied.