It is the duty of the Property Appraiser to administer all exemptions. Ad Valorem Tax exemptions allowed under statute includes governmental, religious, charitable, educational, scientific, and literary. There is a $50,000 homestead exemption for every Florida resident who has legal or equitable title to real property in the State of Florida and who resides thereon and in good faith makes it his or her permanent home. First-time applicants are required to furnish their social security number and should have available evidence of ownership i.e., deed, contract, etc. If the title is held by the husband alone, a wife may file for him, with his consent, and vice versa. If filing for the first time, be prepared to answer these and other questions:

  1. 1. In whose name or names was the title to the dwelling recorded as of January 1st?
  2. 2. What is the street address of the property?
  3. 3. Are you a legal resident of the State of Florida? (A Certificate of Domicile or voter’s Registration will be proof if dated prior to January 1st.)
  4. 4. Do you have a Florida license plate on your car and a Florida driver’s license?
  5. 5. Were you living in the dwelling, which is being claimed for homestead exemption on January 1st?

There is additionally a $5000 exemption for widows, widowers, the disabled and the blind. Any honorably discharged veteran with a service-connected total and permanent disability, surviving spouses of qualifying veterans and spouses of the United States Armed Forces are entitled to exemption on real estate used and owned as a homestead less any portion thereof used for commercial purposes.

The application for all exemptions must be made between January 1 and March 1 of the tax years. However, at the option of the property appraiser, (original homestead exemption application may be accepted after March 1, but will apply to the succeeding year). Initial application should be made in person at the Property Appraiser’s office. Subsequent yearly renewal of exemption status is made by mail. Failure to make application by March 1 of the tax year shall constitute a waiver of the exemption privilege for that year.

Lands used for bona-fide agricultural purposes may be classified as agricultural on the tax roll, which results in a significant reduction from nonagricultural appraised values. Agricultural classification must be applied for and determined annually as required by Florida Statutes. In addition, we keep deed transfers current, maintain maps outlining these boundaries, measure all construction and components of improved parcels and grant exemptions where appropriate. We are also producing GIS (Geographic Information Systems) base maps and currently working on 911 addressing which will provide improved safety to life and property.

The Property Appraiser is supervised by the Florida Department of Revenue, with the Property Appraiser being elected every four years by the citizens of Madison County.

Your appraiser does not determine the amount of taxes you pay. The rate is determined by your taxing authorities. These include your County Commission, School Board, City Commission and the Suwannee River Water Management District.

The office of the property appraiser is your office and will always be open to you. If you need help and can’t come by, just call and we will come to you. My excellent staff and I have worked hard to create an office atmosphere that puts you at ease while maintaining professionalism and providing a fair and equitable property value roll for EVERYONE.