Clearwater Real Estate Guide to Understanding Your Pinellas Property Taxes

Clearwater Florida –This is a busy time of year for Clearwater Florida Real Estate because when winter hits our northern friends from places like Canada, Michigan, Maryland many of them start thinking about our “Sunshine State” and that warm winter home they’ve been dreaming of buying.

While we do have many Clearwater real estate bargains right now, buyers still need to understand how our property taxes work and how they affect the total cost of owership, especially if this is your second home. I’d like to Guide to Understanding your Property Taxes.

The number one question we get asked when helping people buy property in Clearwater Florida is “How much will my property taxes be?”

What is Millage and How does it affect my Property Taxes?

In our article yesterday, Clearwater Florida Home Buyers Guide to Pinellas Property Tax Values – Part 1, we explained how the Pinellas County Property Appraiser first has to determine your Tampa Bay property’s “taxable value”. Now once you know the taxable value we’ll show you how to calculate/estimate what your property taxes will be.

Before we work the math and determine what your you should plan for regarding property taxes, let me take a minute to explain what “millage” is and how it works.

Millage is the tax rate used to fund the budgets of the 49 taxing authorities including local goverments, fire districts, libraries, Water management, Pinellas County School Board and more to determine what we are required to pay each year.

Each tax authority is allocated a part of the millage and when it’s all added together you get the that year’s millage rate. Because the millage rate includes local goverments and special developement districts it will vary from city to city and even within the same city (see list below). So the taxes that Clearwater property owners pay will be slightly different withing the City of Clearwater and it will also be different from those that own St Petersburg homes and condos.

Millage is how much you will pay for every $1000 of taxable value.

Here are the formulas used to calculate how much property tax you are going to have to pay each year. We covered the first 3 formulas in yesterday’s article so now we’ll work through some real life examples…

Pinellas County Property Tax Formulas

  1. Property is Purchased or Appraised for the year
  2. Market Value/Just Value (Capped by the Save our Homes Cap) = Assessed Value;
  3. Assessed Value – Exemptions = Taxable Value;
  4. Taxable Value x Millage Rate / 1000 = Gross Property Taxes for the year

What was the 2007  Tax Rate | Millage for Clearwater Florida?

You can see the complete breakdown for all 45 tax districts and their Millage Rates for 2007. Here are some of the communities I’m asked about most often.

You can see that in Pinellas County the property taxes can be as much as $9.00 per $1000 depending on where the property is. Also note that several cities have multiple taxing districts like Clearwater and St Petersburg so you’ll have to check which on correlates to the property you want to buy.  This year Belleair Shore has the cheapest and Lealman has the most with St Petersburg Florida next.

  •  15.2249 Belleair Shore
  •  16.0105 North Redington Beach Florida
  •  16.6793 Belleair Beach Florida
  •  16.7289 Indian Rocks Beach Florida
  •  16.8594 Indian Shores Florida
  •  17.1356 St Pete Beach
  •  18.6284 Tierra Verde Florida
  •  18.8191 Dunedin TR
  •  19.7990 Dunedin FID, TR
  •  18.9108 Largo Florida
  •  19.4725 Tarpon Springs FID TR
  •  19.5683 Tarpon Springs TR
  •  19.6092 Palm Harbor Florida
  •  19.6516 Clearwater FID TR
  •  19.9371 Clearwater TR
  •  20.9022 Clearwater Downtown Dev Brd, TR
  •  21.1719 St Petersburg Florida TR
  •  23.8983 St Petersburg PIN PK WTR MGT TR
  •  24.2079 Lealman FIR PP WTR MGMT TR

How much will I pay in Property Taxes this year?

Let’s calculate what your Clearwater Property taxes would be using the highest tax district. In our example what would the taxes if th taxable value is $100,000?

Assume Taxable value = $100,000    Clearwater Millage Rate = 20.9022

Formula: Taxable Value x Millage Rate / 1000 = Gross Taxes

$100,000 Clearwater Home with No Homestead Exemption

Example 1:  $100,000 x 20.9022 /1000 = $2,092.20 annually which = $174.35/month

$100,000 Clearwater Home with Homestead Exemption

Now if you buy a Clearwater home and it qualifies for Florida’s Homestead Exemption (Assessed Value – $25,000) then on a $100,000 Clearwater Home your taxable value would be $75,000.

Example 2:  ($100,000–$25,000) x (20.9022 /1000) = $1,567.67 annually which = $130.64/month

So if you are buying a $500,000 Clearwater Beach Condo and it doesn’t qualify for Florida’s Homestead exemption then your annual taxes would be approximately $10,450.00 or $870.73/month.

Next we’ll discuss the upcoming Constitutional Amendment and how that may help lower our property taxes.

I’m curious, did this help you understand our Pinellas Property taxes better? Anything you’d like to see added?

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  1. This is excellent information. Property taxes are very confusing and misunderstood by so many people!

  2. …and this is why we get licensed in different states. So second home owners don’t qualify for the homestead exemption because their primary residence would be in another state? of if they only own one home in Florida would they get the exemption?

  3. Terry McDonald says:

    Taxes are high everywhere. You at least make it understandable. Any idea where the word “millage” comes from? Terry McDonald

  4. Missy – you are correct – you may only claim one primary residence so if your primary residence is in another state you would not qualify to claim it here. You’re right about how each state is different and it’s easy to see how people could be confused. We have a FLorida Amendment that if it passes will give second home owners a 10% annual cap which is progress in the right direction – we had all pushed for 5% however this is what made it through.

  5. Good point about different states & property taxes. They’re all different…

  6. This must have taken a lot of research, and it will be nice for people in Clearwater to have all this information together in one place. You did a great job with this, Cyndee!

  7. Paula Henry says:

    Cyndee – what an exhaustive and educational guide about taxes for your local residents. I find many do not understand exactly how their taxes are determined. I admire anyone who can successfully write about taxes and make it understandable.

  8. Cyndee what a detailed post that helps to clarify the property taxes in Florida. This can be very confusing for many home buyers. – Ashley

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  10. kingoftheheavies says:

    Thanks for the glimmer of hope! My wife and I left Clearwater about 2 years ago, for not-so-much greener pastures in Augusta, Ga. Having struggled here, we are now quite homesick for Pinellas. Both sets of parents reside in Palm Harbor. There is nothing for us in Augusta any longer. I have been aware of the tax burden homeowners bear in Fl and that has been the main impetus for us to NOT return. You have given us hope. Thanks for the breakdown and update on the situation. If you hear of anyone wanting to leave Pinellas for Augusta, I have a great house here for sale. John O.

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