Florida property taxes are a local tax, administered, levied and collected by your local government. Your tax collector is responsible for distributing funds collected from your Florida property taxes to the budgets that are funded by them. These include local government, schools, water management districts and independent specialty districts. Florida property taxes are the largest governmental revenue source in Florida.
The county property appraiser is a locally elected official responsible for determining the fair market value of property in the area and verifying exemption eligibility. The fair market value of your home, as determined by the county appraiser is what is used as the basis for your Florida property taxes. Local government determines the millage rate required based on the budget needs and the overall market value of the area.