TRIM notices went out for the Manatee County portion of the island starting Aug. 15 and Sarasota-side notices began to go out Monday, Aug. 22, according to budget analyst Sandi Henley of the Town of Longboat Key Finance Department.
Henley said the Truth in Millage notices could cause some confusion.
“What the issue comes down to is this: Anyone who prepaid their assessment by July 7 in Sarasota and by Aug. 3 in Manatee counties will still have the assessment showing on their TRIM notice,” she said.
Not to worry, Henley said. The confusion will be sorted out by tax-bill time in the fall.
“It will not appear on the tax bill issued in November,” she said.
TRIM notices are not tax bills. The newest TRIM notices contain the 2016 property value.
The property tax bill is based on assessed value, minus exemptions, times the millage rate of all the districts in which your property is located.
TRIM notices also provide the deadline to file petitions for the Value Adjustment Board.
Sarasota County Property Appraiser Bill Furst advises all property owners to review the TRIM notice ASAP. At the Sarasota website, sc-pa.com/home, Furst reminds landowners his office does not set millage rates, adopt budgets or collects taxes. TRIM notices can be viewed at the site.
In Manatee County, Property Appraiser Charles Hackney said TRIM notices can be viewed at manateepao.com/dnn/TRIM-Notices.