"Fairness is job one!"
Hello. At the Bay County Property Appraiser's Office, our goal is to provide outstanding service to the citizens and property owners of Bay County. We are ever mindful that we work for you. The information provided on our website is regularly maintained for your benefit. I encourage your comments and suggestions; as we are always looking for ways to enhance our site's features. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you. If I can ever be of assistance, please give me a call or stop by for a visit.
By state law, we must personally view each property in Bay County at least once every five years. That is why our field appraisers are busy these days inspecting, measuring and photographing the exteriors of properties throughout Bay County. Photos are for interoffice use only. Our appraisers are easy to recognize: all of them wear official shirts and each carries a BCPA photo identification card. Feel free to ask to see an ID if you have any concerns. Important Note: Our appraisers will NEVER ask to enter your home, and we will NEVER enter locked backyards. If you have questions about these inspections, please contact our office at (850) 248-8401.
AN OFTEN MISUNDERSTOOD FACT: The Property Appraiser does not determine the amount of taxes a property owner pays. Local Taxing Authorities, the School Board, and the Board of County Commissioners determine your taxes based on the millage rates, or dollars per thousand dollars of value they set. Property owners should not have to fear an appreciation in their property's value if millage rates are adjusted accordingly. As property values increase millage rates should decrease and vice versa. By statute, if property values increase and millage rates remain unchanged, it's a tax increase. The one exception to these rules relates to Save Our Homes. If you have a "Homesteaded" property you may see an increase in your assessed value even while the market value of your home drops. Under Florida Statues, the assessed value of homesteaded properties will increase by the amount of the CPI or 3% whichever is less. In this case your taxes may go up even though the millage rates remain the same.