Take It To the Board: Taxes, Taxes, and . . . Fewer Taxes with Marty Kiar, Broward County Property Appraiser, Part I

Take It To the Board: Taxes, Taxes, and . . . Fewer Taxes with Marty Kiar, Broward County Property Appraiser, Part I

With Trim Notices having just gone out to Broward County property owners, our conversation with Marty Kiar, Broward County’s Property Appraiser, is especially timely. Marty’s Office serves Broward’s two million residents. He is a lifelong resident himself, as well as an attorney, and has an extensive career in local politics. Marty has served on the Airport Advisory Board and the Broward County Housing and Finance Authority, and has been Assistant Town Attorney and Assistant Municipal Prosecutor for the town of Davie. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2006, 2008, and 2010. In 2012, he was elected to the Broward County Commission and served there for two years, and then followed that post with one year as Vice Mayor, and then one year as Mayor of Broward County. In 2016, he was elected to his current position as Broward County Property Appraiser. He and host Donna DiMaggio Berger take a deep dive into exactly how properties in the county are appraised, how those appraisals can change over time and why Marty’s Office is a helpful resource everyone should know about. This is such an interesting discussion, we’ll have to continue it with the next episode!

Highlights Include:

  • What does the Broward County Property Appraiser’s office do? How does it affect residents’ property taxes?
  • What is the Homestead Exemption and what does someone have to do to qualify?
  • Generally what kind of exemptions from property taxes exist in Florida?
  • What is a TRIM notice, and why is the September 19 deadline to respond so important?
  • The actual tax bills are sent out in November with a sliding scale for discounts. What are those discounts? What happens if someone misses the deadline and payment is delinquent? What options are there for people who can’t pay their taxes?
  • How does Marty’s office determine valuation specifically for condominium and cooperative units? Do the type and variety of amenities associated with a particular community affect the valuation of the units?
  • Do comparative valuations for neighboring properties or units affect the appraisal value?
  • What are the different metrics used for residential vs. commercial properties?
  • How can changes in ownership affect the tax assessment?

Marty’s contact information:

  • Email: martykair@bcpa.net
  • Phone: 954 357 6930
  • Web: www.bcpa.net
  • Office:  115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 111
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

About Take It to the Board

Think you know what community association life is all about? Think again. Residents must obey the rules, directors must follow the law, and managers must keep it all running smoothly. Take It To the Board explores the reality of life in a condominium, cooperative or homeowners’ association, what’s really involved in serving on its board, and how to maintain that ever-so-delicate balance of being legally compliant and community spirited. Leading community association attorney Donna DiMaggio Berger acknowledges the balancing act without losing her sense of humor as she talks with a variety of association leaders, experts, and vendors about the challenges and benefits of the community association lifestyle.

If you’ve got a question, Take It To the Board with Donna DiMaggio Berger – We Speak Condo & HOA!

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