Where Do Your Tax Dollars Go? The above pie chart shows a percentage of your County tax dollar and where it is spent. In general, for 2017, 51.78% is levied by the School Board, 47.94% is levied by the County and .28% is levied by the Northwest  Florida Water Management District (NWFWM) based on 2017 final millage rates set by the respective taxing authority. Every property taxpayer will pay ad valorem (according to your value) taxes to the County, School Board and Northwest Florida Water Management District. If you are within city limits, you will pay city taxes to the City of Milton, City of Gulf Breeze or the Town of Jay. These are also ad valorem taxes, based on the assessed  value of your property. Midway Fire District and Avalon-Mulat Fire District taxes are also ad valorem based. The City of Milton and the Holley-Navarre Fire District set their own Fire Assessment rates. All other taxpayers are assessed a fire tax set by the County for your respective Fire Department, and that fire tax is a uniform flat fee. The Property Appraiser is only responsible for setting the assessed value of your home. The assessed value, less any exemptions, is then multiplied by the millage rate set by the individual taxing authority to determine the amount of your ad valorem taxes. For your convenience, we have provided contact information for each of the taxing authorities mentioned above Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners  (850) 983-1877 6495 Caroline Street, Suite M, Milton, FL 32570 Santa Rosa County School Board  (850) 983-5000 5086 Canal Street, Milton, FL 32570 Northwest Florida Water Management District (Headquarters) (850) 539-5999 85 Water Management Drive, Havana, FL 32333 City of Gulf Breeze  (850) 934-5115 1070 Shoreline Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 City of Milton  (850) 983-5400 6738 Dixon Street, Milton, FL 32570 Town of Jay  (850) 675-4556 3695 Highway 4, Jay, FL 32565 Avalon-Mulat Fire District (850) 994-4445 5408 Mulat Road, Milton, FL 32583 Holley-Navarre Fire District (850) 939-5236 8618 Explanade Street, Navarre, FL 32566 Midway Fire District  (850) 932-4771 1322 College Parkway, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 In addition to these taxes, you may be assessed non-ad valorem taxes for MSBU’s or Municipal Service  Benefit Units.  These include street lighting, sewer/water, road paving, etc.  All questions concerning MSBU’s should be directed to the County Budget office at (850) 983-1853.  The Property Appraiser’s office does not initiate, establish nor maintain MSBU’s.
Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser Gregory S. Brown, CFA
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