As the Citrus County Property Appraiser, it is my responsibility to guarantee that all residential, commercial, and tangible personal properties are valued correctly and to assist our residents in receiving tax saving exemptions. This ensures that property owners pay their fair share of property taxes — no more, no less.
The deadline for exemptions and classifications was March 1, 2021. The late filing period began March 2. This extended late filing period allows you to apply for or renew any valuable tax-saving exemptions including Homestead Exemption and any other exemptions for the 2021 tax year.
To better serve Citrus County, our office will open on two Saturdays in March to accept late filings of homestead applications. The Citrus County Property Appraiser’s Office will be open:
n Saturday, March 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Inverness location only, 210 N. Apopka Ave.
n Saturday, March 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Meadowcrest location only, 1540 N. Meadowcrest Blvd., Crystal River.
Additionally, you can visit our website www.citruspa.org to file for homestead exemption and for downloadable forms and information.
A new application is required if you purchased a new home and vacated your homesteaded property or made any changes in the title to your home prior to Jan. 1, 2021. You may contact our office if you are unsure of the status of your homestead. Property owners with an existing exemption or classification were mailed an annual renewal postcard in January 2021. If no changes have occurred to the property exemption status (i.e., changes of ownership, mailing address, marital status, etc.), renewal is automatic.
Our Commercial Department mailed Income and Expense Letters on Feb. 19 to certain income-producing properties such as rented or leased space buildings, units, beds, rounds of golf, etc. The Income and Expense Letters are due by April 1. Thank you to those who provided the income and expense information on your property. The data collected will be used in conjunction with information provided by owners of similar properties in Citrus County to gauge prevailing market rental rates, vacancy, expenses, and capitalization rates.
Many are reluctant to give us this income and expense information; however, it is truly to your benefit. We can better value your property if we have access to local market information rather than publications of a wider market area and/or out of county information. This information is vital, especially during this time in a global pandemic which has negatively affected many of our commercial businesses. Your information is confidential in our hands.
Also, please be reminded Tangible Personal Property Returns are due by April 1. Failure to submit your Tangible Personal Property Return could result in penalties and interest. If you have questions, please contact our office at 352-564-7154.
Since becoming the Citrus County Property Appraiser on Jan. 5, our office has worked tirelessly educating all members of our community through various forms of outreach. We have expanded our social media platforms, updated our flyers/pamphlets to current information, and reached out to dozens of community partners to offer our assistance. If your organization would like a member of our office to come speak at one of your events, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.
I look forward to providing you with important information in the upcoming months. Our customer service staff is always available to answer questions in both offices. In Inverness, please call (352) 341-6600 and in Crystal River, please call 352-564-7130. You can also visit the Property Appraiser’s website www.citruspa.org or Facebook page @citruscountyflpropertyappr.
Cregg Dalton is the Citrus County Property Appraiser.