2012 Value Adjustment Board
The Value Adjustment Board (VAB) serves as the decision-making authority when there is disagreement between the property owner and Property Appraiser concerning exemptions, valuations, and classifications. Petition filing and scheduled quasi-judicial hearings are handled by the VAB to settle any disputes. The VAB will consist of two County Commissioners, one School Board Member, and two County citizen members, one who is appointed by the County Commission and must own homestead property within the county, and the other who is appointed by the School Board and must own a business occupying commercial space within the school district. Authority for the VAB is vested through Florida Statute Chapter 194.
*All hearings and meetings of the VAB are held at the Robert M. Moore Administration Building, in the Board of County Commissioners meeting room, located at the Annex directly behind the Courthouse in Port St. Joe, FL.
Pursuant to Chapter 286.0105 F.S., If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board, agency or commission, with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
2012 VAB Meetings:
VAB Organizational Meeting – August 21, 2012 9:00 a.m. E.T.
2012 VAB Scheduled Hearings:
Hearing – October 16, 2012 9:00 a.m. E.T.
Hearing for Reschedules – October 22, 2012 9:00 a.m. E.T.
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County Commissioners Members:
Warren Yeager, Commissioner – District 5
Ward McDaniel, Commissioner – District 2
Eugene Raffield, Citizen Appointee – Homestead property owner
School Board Members:
George Cox, School Board Member
Danny Little, School Board Member – Alternate
John Wright, School Board Member – Alternate
Aaron Farnsley, Citizen Appointee – Commercial property owner
Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk of Court – Clerk to the Value Adjustment Board
Kari Summers, VAB Clerk Designee
You may contact the Value Adjustment Board Clerk or Clerk designee by calling 850-229-6112.
VAB Petition Filing Requirements
All VAB petitions filed with the Value Adjustment Board Clerk appealing determinations of the Property Appraiser must have the petitioner’s original signature, and must be accompanied by the appropriate filing fee (see Filing Fees below). Copies or faxed petitions will not be accepted. The deadline for filing all petitions is no later than 5:00 p.m., E.T., September 11, 2012.
Mail or deliver to:
Gulf County Clerk of the Circuit Court,
Board Records Dept.
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd., Room 148
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
The return of an incomplete petition shall not grant a waiver nor extend the filing deadline for the petition. Petitions filed after the deadline are considered “Late Files” and are forwarded to the VAB Attorney for review. A hearing will not be scheduled unless the VAB Attorney finds there is “good cause” for the late filing. Petitions postmarked by the deadline dates, but received after those dates, are considered late. Petitions are not to be returned to the Property Appraiser's Office.
You are encouraged to contact the Property Appraiser’s Office to discuss your issue prior to filing a petition.
Local Internal Procedures
Resolution #2012-10: setting forth how Petitions will be accepted
Resolution #2012-11: setting forth the number of evidence copies to be provided at hearings
Resolution #2012-12: setting forth the filing fee
There is a $15.00 filing fee to file a petition the Value Adjustment Board. The petition cannot be processed unless the Clerk to the Value Adjustment Board receives the filing fee. Persons filing a petition due to the denial, by the Property Appraiser or the Tax Collector, of a timely filed application for homestead exemption or a timely filed application for homestead tax deferral, are not subject to a filing fee. However, if the application was filed after the March 1st deadline and was denied, the $15.00 petition filing fee would apply. Petitioners filing a petition containing multiple contiguous parcels must first submit, to the Gulf County Property Appraiser’s Office, a Florida Department of Revenue form, DR-486MU, listing the contiguous parcels. The Property Appraiser’s Office must approve the parcels as contiguous before the petition can be filed.
The cost to file this type of petition is $15.00 + $5.00 each additional parcel after the first. You will file your petition with the Clerk’s Office. Payment can be in the form of cash, check, cashier’s check or money order made payable to the Gulf County Clerk of the Value Adjustment Board and sent to Gulf County Clerk of Court, Attention: VAB Clerk, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Room 148, Port St. Joe, FL 32456.
- Real Property Petition
- Tangible Personal Property (Businesses)
- Portability Petition
- Petition Withdrawal