Receiving your tax bill is good news…paying it may be a different story. The good thing (1) about receiving your property tax bill is that it means you are wealthy enough to own real estate. The other good thing (2) about receiving your tax bill is that it means no one has taken that property from you. Your property tax bill is the official notice that you still own what you think you own.
Did you receive a property tax bill? If your answer is “No” that could mean one of three things:
- You do not own real estate.
- Something is going on with your real estate.
- Your tax bill is stuck in the mail.
Property owners are held to know that the taxes are due and payable annually according to Florida statutes. That is one of your duties as a homeowner or landowner. If you did not receive your tax bill (or notice) in November, that is your Constructive Notice that something is going on with the ownership title to your property.
Another good thing (3) about your property tax bill is that you have a while to pay it, though it goes up with each month you wait. (You have until April 1st to pay it.)
If you did not receive a property tax bill and think you should have, consult an attorney to investigate, or you can go online to the property appraiser’s office for more information. In St. Johns County, the link is http://www.sjctax.us/propertytax.aspx.