Columbia County Property Appraiser - Jeff Hampton | Lake City, Florida | 386-758-1083
Columbia County Property Appraiser - Jeff Hampton | Lake City, Florida | 386-758-1083
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Columbia County Property Appraiser - Jeff Hampton | Lake City, Florida | 386-758-1083

It is the constitutional duty of the Office of Property Appraiser to appraiser for ad valorem tax purposes all property in Columbia County, including real, and personal property.

Unlike many states where the Tax Assessor and Taxing Authorities work together, Florida's Constitution provides a clear separation between the appraisal of property and the Authorities responsible for setting a Millage Rate to raise revenue.

It is the duty of the Property Appraiser to administer all exemptions. Ad Valorem Tax exemptions allowed under statute includes governmental, religious, charitable, educational, scientific, and literary. There is a homestead exemption for every Florida resident who has legal or equitable title to real property in the State of Florida and who resides thereon and in good faith makes it his or her permanent home. First time applicants are required to furnish their social security number, and should have available evidence of ownership i.e., deed, contract, etc. If title is held by the husband alone, a wife may file for him, with his consent, and vice versa. If filing for the first time, be prepared to answer these and other questions:


1. In whose name or names was the title to the dwelling recorded as of January 1st?
2. What is the street address of the property?
3. Are you a legal resident of the State of Florida? (A Certificate of Domicile or voter's Registration will be proof if dated prior to January 1st.)
4. Do you have a Florida license plate on your car and a Florida driver's license?
5. Were you living in the dwelling, which is being claimed for homestead exemption on January 1st?

There are additional exemptions for widows, widowers, the disabled and the blind. Any honorably discharged veteran with a service connected total and permanent disability, surviving spouses of qualifying veterans and spouses of the United States Armed Forces are entitled to exemption on real estate used and owned as a homestead less any portion thereof used for commercial purposes.

The application for all exemptions must be made between January 1 and March 1 of the tax years. Initial application should be made in person at the Property Appraiser's office.

Lands used for bona-fide agricultural purposes may be classified as agricultural on the tax roll, which results in a significant reduction from nonagricultural appraised values. Agricultural classification must be applied for and determined annually as required by Florida Statutes. In addition, we keep deed transfers current, maintain maps outlining these boundaries, measure all construction and components of improved parcels and grant exemptions where appropriate.

The Property Appraiser is supervised by the Florida Department of Revenue, with the Property Appraiser being elected every four years by the citizens of Columbia County.

Your appraiser does not determine the amount of taxes you pay. The rate is determined by your taxing authorities. These include your County Commission, School Board, City Commission.

The information on this website was derived from data which was compiled by the Columbia County Property Appraiser Office solely for the governmental purpose of property assessment. This information should not be relied upon by anyone as a determination of the ownership of property or market value. No warranties, expressed or implied, are provided for the accuracy of the data herein, it's use, or it's interpretation. Although it is periodically updated, this information may not reflect the data currently on file in the Property Appraiser's office.
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