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Comparing SW Florida County Real Estate Taxes

Posted by Benjamin Dona on Sunday, October 30th, 2011 at 7:45pm.

Comparing SW Florida County Real Estate TaxesThe following is a review of the real estate tax profiles for the Southwest Florida counties of Charlotte, Collier, Lee and Sarasota. The information comes from a report completed by Florida TaxWatch that reviewed local government taxing and spending policies and practices for the year 2010.

Florida TaxWatch is a statewide, non-profit, non-partisan taxpayer research institute and government watchdog that over its 32-year history has become widely recognized as the watchdog of citizens' hardearned tax dollars. Its mission is to provide the citizens of Florida and public officials with high quality, independent research and education on government revenues, expenditures, taxation, public policies, and programs, and to increase the productivity and accountability of Florida Government. You can visit their website at FloridaTaxWatch.org

Per Capita Total Property Tax Levies 2010

  • Charlotte $1,520.80
  • Collier $2,318.89
  • Lee $1,646.49
  • Sarasota $1,664.11
  • State Average $1,360.11

Per Capita County Government Property Tax Levies 2010

  • Charlotte $531.66
  • Collier $729.20
  • Lee $373.82
  • Sarasota $368.24
  • State Average $359.19

Per Capita School District Property Tax Levies 2010

  • Charlotte $717.34
  • Collier $1,125.89
  • Lee $762.72
  • Sarasota $932.42
  • State Average $594.51

Per Capita Special District Property Tax Levies 2010

  • Charlotte $230.11
  • Collier $359.51
  • Lee $307.43
  • Sarasota $249.43
  • State Average $233.06

Per Capita Municipal Government Property Tax Levies 2010

  • Charlotte $400.83
  • Collier $922.47
  • Lee $458.56
  • Sarasota $321.65
  • State Average $344.95

Growth in Total Property Tax Levies 2000-2010

  • Charlotte 93.26%
  • Collier 92.83%
  • Lee 78.72%
  • Sarasota 73.20%
  • State Average 67.20%

Average Total Property Tax Millage Rates 2010

  • Charlotte 17.9899
  • Collier 12.1350
  • Lee 18.2812
  • Sarasota 14.9613
  • State Average 19.0112

Comparing Total Millage Rates by City

  • Bonita Springs $16
  • Cape Coral $21
  • Captiva Island $15
  • Estero $16
  • Ft. Myers Beach $17
  • Ft. Myers $22
  • Golden Gate Estates $13
  • Lehigh Acres $18
  • Marco Island $12
  • Naples $13
  • North Ft. Myers $17
  • Port Charlotte $17
  • Punta Gorda $17
  • Sarasota $14
  • Millage Rates are Tax Amount per $1000 of Assessed Value

Per Capita Just Value 2010

  • Charlotte $115,077
  • Collier $232,670
  • Lee $113,698
  • Sarasota $146,709
  • State Average $103,105

Per Capita Taxable Value 2010

  • Charlotte $84,536
  • Collier $191,092
  • Lee $90,065
  • Sarasota $111,227
  • State Average $71,543

Percent of Just Value That Is Taxable 2010

  • Charlotte 73.46%
  • Collier 82.13%
  • Lee 79.21%
  • Sarasota 75.82%
  • State Average 69.39%

Ad valorem real estate taxes are based on the value of the real property as assessed by the county tax appraisers office. The tax year runs from January 1st to December 31st. They are paid in arrears. The Board of County Commissioners, School Board, City Commissioners and other levying bodies set the millage rates each year. One mil equals $1.00 of tax per $1,000.00 of property value.

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About the Author

Gulf Coast Associates, RealtorsBenjamin Dona is the Broker and Owner of Gulf Coast Associates, Realtors in Bonita Springs, Florida. He holds two advanced degrees, an MBA and an MA, and has an extensive background in both business and marketing. In 1998, he founded Gulf Coast Associates, and formed a group of like-minded Realtor® associates dedicated to offering professional Southwest Florida real estate services by concentrating on information, education and the use of leading edge technologies. He also is a recognized expert on the "Net," a much-quoted and read blog author, and a contributor to both national and international news outlets. Benjamin is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Florida Association of Realtors, and numerous local real estate boards throughout Southwest Florida.

Contact Benjamin Dona at 239-948-3955


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1 Response to "Comparing SW Florida County Real Estate Taxes"

Grant wrote:
Thanks for putting this all together in one place. Great resource! I wish taxes were lower too. And, I'm sure that I'm not alone on that.

Posted on Monday, November 14th, 2011 at 2:53am.



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