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In an effort to keep the public and our staff safe from COVID-19 and limit the number of people in our lobby, our offices in Sarasota and Venice are now accepting customers by appointment only. Learn how to make an appointment for an in-office visit.

Most services and transactions can be completed through our website at any time. You can apply for an exemption, change your address, make an inquiry about your property or email our team.

Submission of Homestead/Exemptions documents: please submit your documents by emailing them to our Customer Service department. 

You can also contact us through email, phone or physical mail. 


COVID-19 & 2020 Values

The Sarasota County Property Appraiser’s Office is governed by the Florida Constitution, Florida Statutes, and the Rules and Regulations of the Florida Department of Revenue.  Accordingly, our office establishes the just value of your property as it existed on January 1, 2020.  Our value estimates attempt to reflect any improvements or condition changes to the property, and account for market fluctuations during 2019, leading up to the January 1, 2020 date of value.

The first reports of known cases of COVID-19 in Sarasota County were in early March 2020 with the county-wide Safer-at-Home Order implemented shortly thereafter, in April 2020. As a result, any impact from COVID-19 occurred after the statutory January 1, 2020 valuation date.

Impacts as a result of COVID-19 will be considered for the January 1, 2021 property valuation.

To establish market value in any given year, our appraisers continually monitor market transactions and trends.  Any increase or decrease in sales prices which occur in 2020 will impact property values as of the January 1, 2021 valuation.  If sales activity decreases (and therefore transaction data is insufficient), it will be particularly important for commercial property owners to provide actual income and expense information to our office so we may consider this data along with current market listings, to best reflect the impact on values throughout the county.

By late August, you will receive your Truth in Millage (TRIM) Notice in the mail, after the taxing authorities have established the millage (tax) rates for 2020. This is an important document as it will detail:

  • The assessed value of your property as it was estimated on January 1, 2020
  • The taxable value of your property (the assessed value minus any exemptions)
  • The proposed millage (tax) rates of the taxing authorities (such as municipalities, school district, etc.).
  • A calendar of Public Hearings that you may attend to voice any concerns or ask additional questions directly to the taxing authorities.
  • The proposed amount of property tax you may owe when your tax bill is sent to you in November by the Tax Collector.

If you disagree with the Just Value established by our office, we encourage you to call (941)861-8200 to speak to the appraiser for your property to discuss the value and how we arrived at it.