Columbia County Property Appraiser - Jeff Hampton | Lake City, Florida | 386-758-1083
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Appeals / Value Adjustment Board

As a property owner, you have the right to appeal:

o††† The property appraiser's assessment of your property's value

o††† A denial of your application for an exemption such as homestead, veterans, or senior citizen.

o††† A denial of your application for property classification such as agricultural or historic.

o††† A denial of your application for tax deferral.

You may do any or all of the following:

o††† Ask for an informal conference with your county†property appraiser.

o††† File a petition with your local value adjustment board (VAB).

o††† File a lawsuit in circuit court.

Informal Conference with your Property Appraiser

You have the right to an informal conference with your†property appraiser†to discuss your value or application for a property exemption or classification. By having an informal conference, you may be able to settle the issue without going to a hearing or going to court. At this informal conference, you may:

o Bring any documentation you have that may support a change in your assessment or eligibility for an exemption or property classification.

o Ask the property appraiser to present facts that support his or her assessment of your property or the denial of an application for an exemption or classification.

Having an informal conference with the property appraiser†does not extend your deadline†to file a petition with the value adjustment board.

Petition the Value Adjustment Board

If you petition the VAB, you must still pay all your non ad valorem assessments and the required portion of your ad valorem taxes before they become delinquent, usually on April 1. For more information, see our†Taxpayer Guide on Petitions to the Value Adjustment Board.

For a description of the VAB timeline, see the†Value Adjustment Board Calendar.

Many counties have quick and easy electronic applications. Most counties have posted appeal forms on their†VAB websites†or you can contact your countyís† Clerk of Court.

Petition forms are also posted on our†taxpayer form site.

To Request a hearing on:

File form:

Assessment or denial of exemption or classification


Portability of homestead assessment difference


Denial of deferral or penalties


All forms should be submitted to the local clerk of the VAB, usually in the clerk of courtís office.
Do not send petition forms to the Florida Department of Revenue or
The Columbia County Property Appraisers Office

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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