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

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

In this second of our two-part episode, host Donna DiMaggio Berger and Marty Kiar, Broward County’s Property Appraiser, continue their conversation about how properties in the county are appraised, how those appraisals can change over time and why Marty’s Office is a helpful resource that all of Broward’s two million residents should know about. Marty is a lifelong Broward 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.

Highlights Include:

  • How does the Save Our Home amendment to the Florida Constitution work in terms of keeping property taxes low when the property involved is homestead and transporting those homestead benefits from one residence to another?
  • If a married couple is divorcing, who is entitled to the portability?
  • Are there times when people ask for a higher assessed value of their property?
  • How does the Property Appraiser’s Office handle improvements to real property overall? Do they check to see if Notices of Commencements are recorded, or do they wait for the homeowner to let them know?
  • When units in a multifamily building are combined to make one, larger residence, how is the value of that combined unit assessed?
  • How does the Property Appraiser value new construction? Is the first bite at the apple the biggest?
  • Given the size of Florida’s coastline, how can submerged land leases be acquired and what can be done to prevent leases being granted without the adjacent land owners’ knowledge?
  • Are PACE loan programs tied to real property taxes a good idea?
  • Marty’s Office created the Owner Alert program which is being applauded by similar offices in other states. How does the program prevent title fraud and property theft?
  • What is the most misunderstood part of the Property Appraiser’s role?

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.

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