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2017 Storm and Flooding Information

2017 brought Hurricane Irma and flooding to Lee County. Your property appraiser’s office is currently preparing values for the 2018 Final Tax Roll and we want to make sure we have taken any remaining property damage related to those events into consideration. Review the information below and contact us if needed. Additionally, if you were unable to live in your home for 30 or more days during 2017 you may be entitled to a property tax refund. Please review the information below for eligibility.

Once you’ve reviewed the information, if your property was damaged or you believe you are eligible for the property tax refund and you have not yet made our office aware of it, please email us at Taxroll@leepa.org, call our office at (239) 533-6100 or fax your information to (239) 533-6160. We appreciate your assistance. Be sure to check here frequently for updated information.

In the News:

NBC-2 - You Could Qualify For A Tax Break If Your Home Was Damaged By Hurricane Irma (7/23/2018)
Hello SWFL - Lee County Homeowners Can Still File For Hurricane Irma Tax Breaks (7/18/2018)
News-Press - Time Is Running Out For Lee County Homeowners To Qualify For Hurricane Irma Tax Break (7/17/2018)
Wink News - Homeowners With Irma Damage Can Possibly Receive Tax Relief (7/11/2018)
News-Press - Hurricane Damage Not Fixed Jan 1 Could Mean Lower Property Tax Bill (7/10/2018)
Senator Nelson Addresses Seawall Damage (1/8/2018)

July 25, 2018

The Hurricane Tax Abatement – What you need to know!

During 2018, the Florida Legislature passed tax relief for certain homeowners who had property damaged in the last three hurricanes to hit Florida (Hermine and Matthew in 2016; Irma in 2017) (F. S. 197.318).

Who and What:
You may be entitled to a tax abatement (refund) if your house was damaged in one of the recent hurricanes and you were unable to live in your homestead residence for 30 or more days. Renters/rental property is not eligible for the tax refund.

Here's what YOU need to do:
If you were unable to live in your home for 30 or more days during 2017 due to the storms and flooding, fill out form DR-463. Send it to our office along with your documented loss. Documents include: utility bills, insurance information, contractor’s work, building permits, certificates of occupancy, rent payments, hotel bills etc. -- basically any information that allows us to determine that you were unable to occupy and use your home for 30 or more days. NOTE: the days DO NOT need to be consecutive.

Here's what WE will do:
We’ll look at your documentation to make sure that you qualify. If you qualify we’ll calculate your loss in value and send it to the Lee County Tax Collector (www.leetc.com). The Tax Collector will then figure out if you get a refund and how much (they have to check what you paid and when before they can determine if you get money back).

Deadline:
You MUST apply by March 1, 2019. DO NOT DELAY. If your application is not in our office by March 1, 2019, we CANNOT consider it. We will review all applications and make determinations by March 31, 2019. Once we make our determination, we will notify you by mail of our decision. If you don’t qualify and you think you should, you can appeal our decision to the Value Adjustment Board.

Questions:
Contact us via email to Taxroll@leepa.org. Call us at (239) 533-6100. Fax us at (239) 533-6160.

July 13, 2018

Dear Property Owner:

Recently in the news (Wink News and News-Press) you may have noticed we are still getting the word out to make sure that we’ve addressed everyone who had remaining damage from Hurricane Irma and the flooding. As you continue to recover from the impact of 2017’s weather events, we continue to work to ensure that we’ve identified and considered all the impacts those events had on your property. In just a few short weeks, we will be sending out your Notice of Proposed Property Taxes (TRIM notice). The value on your Notice reflects what our office believes your property to be worth on January 1, 2018.

Many of you have had storm and flooding damage; most damage has been repaired, some still remains. For those of you that let us know you had damage on January 1, your value will include consideration of that damage.

If you did not let us know your property had storm or flooding damage remaining on January 1, this is your last opportunity to let our office know so that we can ensure that your 2018 value reflects that damage. We encourage you to review your Notice and contact us with questions, including any about existing storm and flooding damage.

As I mentioned to you in my last letter (sent to over 14,000 of you), we have worked with the Florida Legislature and they passed tax relief for certain property owners that were displaced for more than 30 days during some of the previous storms. The relief will be in the form of a tax rebate. We are working out the details and in the near future we will post additional information on qualifications and the process.

If you need to contact us and provide us information or if you have any questions, please email us at Taxroll@leepa.org, call us at (239) 533-6100 or fax to (239) 533-6160, and we’ll be happy to assist you with the process.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and assistance as we move forward.

Respectfully,

Kenneth M. Wilkinson, CFA
Lee County Property Appraiser

December 11, 2017

Dear Property Owner:

As the year comes to a close, we are reminded that we’ve gone through significant weather events including flooding and a hurricane. Irma caused widespread damage to Lee County. Hurricane and non-hurricane related flooding in various places in the County left people without homes. We hope that you’ve been able to return to some sense of normalcy over the last few months and wish you well as you continue to recover.

Part of our job at the property appraiser’s office is to be sure that we’ve identified any issues that may impact your property’s value. You are receiving this letter because we have information that your property may have been damaged by Hurricane Irma and/or flooding during 2017 and we want to be sure that we’ve accounted for that damage during our 2018 valuation process. Unrepaired damage on the assessment date of January 1st may impact the value of your property. In the near future, our Field Analysts will be doing exterior inspections to update our records and determine if your property continues to have damage.

With this letter we are also asking for your assistance. As we do not do interior inspections, if you have interior damage or damage that would not be visible during our field inspection, please notify us. Please provide us with photos, insurance claim reports, and any other documentation which may help us best reflect the condition of your property. Enclosed is a self-addressed stamped envelope for your convenience. If you prefer, please fax or email us using the contact information provided below.

Additionally, I have been in touch with our local legislative delegation regarding introducing taxpayer relief assistance. Should legislation providing relief be passed, I will work to help implement a process that will assist those affected. Please check our website at www.leepa.org for updates.

We appreciate your assistance in providing us with all requested information and if you have any questions or need additional information, please email us at Taxroll@leepa.org, call Tabatha Hipp at (239) 533-6125 or fax to (239) 533-6160, and she’ll be happy to assist you with the process.

Sincerely,

Kenneth M. Wilkinson, CFA
Lee County Property Appraiser

September 22, 2017

KW

Our hearts and wishes for a speedy recovery go out to all those affected by Hurricane Irma. We are currently evaluating damage county-wide from Hurricane Irma. In the coming days we will be contacting affected homeowners and providing resources on this web site for reporting damage and remediation on your parcels. We will provide additional information regarding Hurricane Irma response as it becomes available. Check back on our web site frequently for updates and instructions regarding reporting any damages you may have experienced.

As Hurricane Irma occurred during our TRIM period, please know that although deadlines for formal value challenges may have passed, we will continue to work with and address and resolve your concerns regarding the valuation of your property.

We are here to serve you!

Respectfully,

Kenneth M. Wilkinson, CFA
Lee County Property Appraiser

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