Property Appraiser's Budgetary Funding Process & Relationship to Other
Pursuant to Florida Statute 195.087, on or before June 1 of each year, every property appraiser,
regardless of the form of county government, shall submit to the Department of Revenue a
budget for the operation of the property appraiser’s office for the ensuing fiscal year beginning
October 1. The Property Appraiser's budget is established in accordance with Florida law to
ensure adequate resources are available to fund the operations of the office to produce an
annual tax roll that meets all the standards of law. Unlike some other constitutional offices,
funding for the property appraiser's office is based upon fees for services rendered pursuant to
Section 192.091, Florida Statutes.
The table and chart below show the budget history of the Santa Rosa County Property
Appraiser's office. Due to the efficient use of new technology as well as other cost-cutting
innovations, this office has reallocated two staff positions. We are currently operating with 33
employees which is less than the staffing level for this office in 2001. We continually work to find
ways to cut costs without reducing the quality of service tax-payers expect and deserve.
The Property Appraiser allows all MSTU notices to be included in the TRIM notices sent out each
August under the heading of non-ad valorem assessments saving taxpayers over $50,000 every
year. Over the past 13 years, this effort has saved the county approximately $650,000 The
Property Appraiser has chosen to provide services in 2014 to the different county fire
departments at no charge to them for these services. This saved the county and fire
departments over $182,000 in 2014.
The Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser is an elected Constitutional Officer, who serves the
people of Santa Rosa County. The constitutional office of property appraiser retains a clear and
distinct separation from the county government. The Property Appraiser's office is not a County
department under the Board of County Commissioners and receives oversight and annual
approval for both the assessment of property and the budget exclusively from the Florida
Department of Revenue.
There are many reasons for this, the most obvious one relates to the checks and balances
provided by the independence of an elected property appraiser. No entity which sets property tax
millage rates should control, in any fashion, the process which sets the assessed value of property
for tax purposes. The property appraiser serves all taxing authorities; the county commission,
school board, cities, special districts, multi-county authorities, and is therefore not controlled by
any one of them. The framers of the current system were extremely careful to create these checks
and balances so those who set tax rates have NO control over the entity which sets property
values. In other words, "the fox cannot guard the hen house."
Under state agency oversight and audits, the property appraiser is not vulnerable to the exercise
of undue influence by any governmental authority that relies upon property values for revenue.
2014 - 2015 Budget
Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser
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