Your tax bill may increase for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common reasons are:
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The current year adopted budget document is available for viewing on the City’s website no later than December 31. The current year budget is also provided in detail, by Fund as well as in a summary format no later than September 30. Past year adopted budget documents are also available online.
Two public hearings regarding the budget are held during the month of September at Oscar M. Corbin, Jr. City Hall, Council Chambers, 2200 Second Street starting at 5:15 PM. The first public hearing date is advertised on the Notice of Proposed Property Taxes (TRIM Notice) sent to you by the Lee County Property Appraiser via the mail in August and the second hearing is published not less than two days prior to the hearing in the local newspaper.
Non-ad valorem charges are imposed on properties for the cost of providing a certain service such as solid waste collection, storm water fees or fire assessment fees. It is called a non-ad valorem assessment because the charge is on the property tax bill but is not based upon property value.
Property owners should contact the Lee County Property Appraiser’s Office at 239-533-6100, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM.
The 5-Year Capital Improvement Program can be found as a separate document link for the most recent year on the website. The same document is also incorporated into the adopted budget document. Past year Capital Improvement Programs can be found in those documents.
The budget process for the next fiscal year begins in the month of January. Budget workshops are typically held in May and again in July, with budget adoption occurring after two public hearings are held in September.
Property taxes pay for general operation and maintenance expenditures of the City, including Public Safety, Recreation/Culture, Physical Environment, Transportation and Administration functions. Public Safety comprises 62.8% of the total General Fund budget, while Property Tax revenue represents 43.1%.