Wakulla County Property Appraiser's Office
It is the mission of the Wakulla County Property Appraiser to fairly and equitably discover, list, and value all real and tangible personal property for the purpose of creating the annual ad valorem tax roll in accordance with applicable Florida Statutes. Unlike many states where the Property Appraiser and Taxing Authorities work together, Florida's Constitution provides a clear separation between the appraisal of property and the Authorities responsible for setting a Millage Rate to raise revenue.
The Property Appraiser's office works in cooperation with the
Florida Department of Revenue, and the Appraiser is elected every four
years by the citizens of Wakulla County. Please feel free to contact
the Property Appraiser's office if we may help in any way.
Duties of the Property Appraiser
The Property Appraiser is an elected county officer, as established by Article VIII of the Constitution of the State of Florida. His duty is to determine the value of all property within the county, including improved and vacant real property, tangible personal property, and agricultural property. The Property Appraiser is also responsible for maintaining property ownership records and parcel ownership maps, and for administering tax exemptions such as homestead exemption, widows, widowers, blind exemptions, and disability and non-profit exemptions.
The Property Appraiser’s office is not a division or a department of the Board of County Commissioners. His authority comes from the Florida Statutes as administered by the Governor and Cabinet. The Florida Department of Revenue is charged with the oversight of the Property Appraiser’s operations and performs biennial in-depth audits of the integrity of valuations.The Property Appraiser does not set tax rates, nor does he have the authority or power to reduce or raise the amount of tax owed on a particular property. The tax rates which are levied against each property are determined annually by several different taxing authorities, such as the Board of County Commissioners, Crawfordville and other taxing authorities.