The Florida Today has again done a great disservice to its readers in the September 4th article on Brevard County property taxes by failing to ask the most elementary question possible: what would taxes be if the County Commission left the millage rate the same as it was last year?
Under last year’s aggregate rate of 6.21 mils a property valued at $100,000 would yield a tax bill of $621. Under the proposed rate of 7.24 that same homeowner would pay $724 – an increase of $103 – assuming his assessed value remained $100,000.
The Florida Today points out that because property values are down on average 16%, the homeowner’s value has decreased to $84,000, and he will in fact pay only $608 in taxes this year – a decrease of $13.
What the authors fail to point out is that were the rate not increased, the homeowner would only be paying $522 – $86 less than under the proposed rollback rate. The extra $86 being paid is called a TAX INCREASE. While I fully expect politicians to lie and cheat, I can never quite get used to the Florida Today’s failure to report even the most basic facts in stories like this.
Matt Nye, Brevard County Watchdog