Every August the Office of the Property Appraiser mails a Notice of Proposed Property Taxes (aka TRIM Notice) to each property owner in Miami-Dade County.
The TRIM (Truth in Millage) Notice is designed to inform property owners of their proposed property taxes based on the taxable value of their property and the millage rate (tax rate) proposed by each taxing authority.
In addition to the County, there are several other agencies that levy taxes against properties. These include municipal governments, the School Board, South Florida Water Management District, Children's Trust, Florida Inland Navigational District and the Everglades Project.
The notice is not a tax bill. It reflects what your property taxes are likely to be on your November property tax bill and enables property owners to compare the prior year's value and taxes with the present year's value and proposed taxes, and the amount of taxes if there is no budget change for the upcoming year.
The TRIM Notice contains very important information pertaining to your property taxes in the following categories:
Property Values - the value of the property as of January 1st
Exemptions & Other Benefits - all exemptions, classifications, and assessment reductions applied to the property
Ad Valorem Taxes - proposed taxes based on the value of your property
Non Ad Valorem Taxes - proposed fees for services such as garbage, fire, and lighting
It is important that you review the TRIM Notice promptly upon receipt.
Following the mailing of TRIM Notices, the Office of the Property Appraiser begins an Interview Period during which property owners are encouraged to contact the Property Appraiser's Office to discuss concerns about values and/or exemptions. If the concerns are not resolved, property owners have the option of appealing to the Value Adjustment Board.
The notice shows the deadline for filing a petition to protest the assessment of a property. It also lists the date, time, and location of all budget hearings at which the taxing authorities will hear from the public.
Those budget hearings are the best opportunity for property owners to provide input into the budgets established by taxing authorities. The hearings are designed to ensure awareness of the proposed millage changes, proposed budget changes, and, if any, the percent of change in the rolled-back rate.
TRIM Notices are typically mailed during the last week of August. You can also search online for your TRIM Notice here.
Disclaimer: We are not employees of the Miami-Dade Property Appraiser's Office. If you have questions pertaining to the values and exemptions listed in your Notice, please visit the Property Appraiser's website or contact them directly at 305-375-4712.
Please note that the Property Appraiser's does not set tax rates, collect taxes, or compile budgets. Questions about those issues should be directed to the respective taxing authority listed on the TRIM Notice.