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30, 2011

Suzy Trutie

Patrick Smikle

Miami-Dade County launches new tax distribution online tool

Residents will be able to see distribution of property

Miami-Dade County's Government Information Center, in collaboration with the Office of the Property Appraiser, has launched a new online tool, the Tax Visualizer,, which property owners can use to see how the total amount of taxes levied against an individual property is distributed between various taxing authorities.  The Tax Visualizer helps property owners better understand the property tax system by illustrating the tax distribution for an individual property.  It also allows property owners to see how their millage (tax) rates compare to those in other taxing jurisdictions.

"The Tax Visualizer is a feature of a larger public education program which has seen the Property Appraiser's Office utilizing the various components of County government's communications machinery to increase public understanding about Florida's property tax system and the roles of the different organizations in the system," said Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser Pedro J. Garcia.  "For example, most residents don't realize my office neither sets tax rates nor collects taxes.  My job is to assess properties at fair market value and to apply the appropriate exemptions."

"I have always been an advocate for using technology to educate and efficiently deliver services to our residents and visitors," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.  "The Tax Visualizer is a tool which will not only increase government's transparency, but will also help residents better understand their property taxes and how these taxes are distributed between the County, their municipality and other agencies."

The launch of the Tax Visualizer coincides with the mailing of the 2011 Notice of Proposed Property Taxes (TRIM) by the Property Appraiser.