About the Office

What does the Property Appraiser’s office do?
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The Palm Beach County Property Appraiser is charged by the Florida Constitution with identifying, locating, and fairly evaluating all property within the county for property tax purposes. The resulting appraisal values help determine operating budgets for the County Commission, the county’s 38 municipalities, and all of the county’s constitutional offices – Clerk & Comptroller, Property Appraiser, Public Defender, Sheriff, State Attorney, Supervisor of Elections, and Tax Collector.

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The Property Appraiser’s office does NOT set tax rates or collect any tax money. Tax rates are set by individual municipalities, the School Board, and special taxing districts. Taxes are collected by the Palm Beach County Tax Collector.

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Reviews and approves qualified applications for homestead exemptions and special exemptions such as for senior citizens, veterans, people with disabilities, and non-profit and religious organizations.
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Informs property owners in the county what their property tax amount will be for the upcoming year. More than 630,000 tax notices are prepared and mailed out to property owners each year.Discharging the responsibilities of the Property Appraiser’s office is a large and complex undertaking. The Palm Beach County office currently has more than 260 full-time professional appraisers and support staff who must prepare tax rolls accurately and in a timely manner.

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