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Thursday, January 26, 2023

Dunnellon resident discusses impact of home sales in area on property taxes

To the Editor:

My parents live on the next property and pay $400, yet I paid $1,200 this year. When I asked why, I was told that the property taxes are being determined by the average home sales in the area. The tax office isn’t even evaluating the properties in person – they are just going off home sales, during a down economy and inflation cost.

What I don’t understand, though, is why does it matter what someone, who just moved here from out of state, pays for a new home? I’ve already bought my property prior to them moving down here in the first place.

If anything, folks that move to Florida from out of state should have to pay their own impact fee for a few years before being allowed to have a homestead exemption.

Joshua Thacker
Dunnellon resident