We are now filing property tax petitions for calendar year 2012. The problem is that our clients want to know the results on their 2011 petitions. We then have to tell them that only about 25% of the hearings for 2011 have been heard to date. Nevertheless, if they do not now file before September 18th, they will not be able to appeal their 2012 property tax assessment.
It was thought that by starting in 2011 that the Counties would have to pay a 12% interest penalty, that the process would have been sped up. To our surprise we discovered the following:
Miami Dade County
Only 25% of the property tax petitions have been heard for year 2011
They anticipate finishing by March 2012
All their residential petitions have been completed for 2011
They are almost done with their “2010” commercial property tax petitions.
20% of the commercial property tax petitions for 2011 have been completed.
Yes, they are doing the 2010 and 2011 commercial properties concurrently
They say it may take up to 2 years to complete their petitions for 2011.
The predicament we have is that now property owners may not want to file petitions for 2012, because they do not know if they will ever receive any refund for year 2011. We understand that the tax dollars are needed, but it does not seem fair.
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