Let’s change the old adage to hurricanes and taxes on two things property owners in Florida can depend on.
The county’s tax roll, certified earlier by Property Appraiser Mitch Burke, opens for collection Monday and Tax Collector Shirley Jenkins this week past on crucial information to property owners.
“I am very sensitive to the needs of Gulf County citizens affected by the recent damage due to the hurricane, however, state law requires the tax collector to mail and collect 2018 property tax bills,” Jenkins said.
And though a property may not remain in the same condition after Hurricane Michael as it did Jan. 1 when formally assessed, the taxes will be based on that early 2018 assessment.
But, if the property has sustained damage, to a home, storage building, shed or commercial building, Jenkins urged property owners to contact the Gulf County Property Appraiser’s office to ensure the assessment is adjusted for 2019.
In addition, Jenkins noted, there is no additional penalty for tardiness as long as taxes are paid in full by March 31, 2019, and those who pay early do receive a discount.
“Remember, our property tax dollars go to help pay for many services, including fire and rescue, law enforcement protection and infrastructure such as roads and utilities,” Jenkins said.
Meanwhile, local governments, meaning local taxing authorities, have seen resources significantly depleted during the response to Michael and as the community continues to work toward recovery, Jenkins added.
Property owners can pay online with debit/credit card or e-check at www.gulfcountytaxcollector.com.
Payments may also be mailed to Gulf County Tax Collector, 1000 Cecil Costin Blvd. Room 147, Port St. Joe, Florida, 32456.
The Tax Collectors has two offices to serve property owners: the Cecil Costin address and 151 N. 3rd Street in Wewahitchka.
Hours are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. ET.
Contact Jenkins’ office at 229-5353.