The Hendry County Property Appraiser is charged with the responsibility of creating a fair and equitable tax roll, both for real and personal property, for tax purposes; the taxing authorities (Board of County Commissioners, School Board, Hospital Authority, City Council, Water Management) set the tax rate for all property and therefore the amount of taxes to be assessed. The Property Appraiser’s Office is not a division of the County Commission, rather, is an elected office that receives its authority from the Florida Statutes. The Florida Department of Revenue is charged with the oversight and review of the operations of this office and performs in-depth audits of the tax rolls every two years to determine the integrity of the assessments.
The Property Appraiser’s office uses nationally recognized appraisal systems and a Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) system to gather, store and analyze the data necessary to arrive at a fair market value for each parcel of property in Hendry County. Actual sales prices of like properties in similar neighborhoods are a key component of the data needed by the skilled and professionally trained appraisers who assist the Property Appraiser in analyzing the real estate marketplace and evaluating your property. In reality, the market value is determined by the buyers and sellers.