Scott P. Russell, CFA
Property Appraiser
Monroe County, Florida



Key West (305) 292-3420
Marathon (305) 289-2550
Plantation Key (305) 852-7130


NOTICE OF RECERTIFICATION

Pursuant to Section 193.122(3) Florida Statutes, Scott P. Russell, Property Appraiser of Monroe County, hereby gives notice that the 2013 Real Property and Tangible Personal Property Assessment Rolls for Monroe County were recertified to the Tax Collector on the 6th day of June, 2014 for the collection of taxes.

 SCOTT P. RUSSELL
 Monroe County Property Appraiser



We are no longer accepting Homestead Exemption applications for the 2014 tax year. The deadline for filing was March 3, 2014. FS 196.011



Homestead Exemption Fraud Hotline {Remain Anonymous} 1-800-448-3004

The Monroe County Property Appraiser is responsible for identifying, locating, and fairly valuing all property, both real and personal, within the county for tax purposes.  The market value of real property is based on the current real estate market.  Finding the "market" value of your property means discovering the price most people would pay for your property.  Determining a fair and equitable value is the only role of this office in the taxing process.  The property appraiser does not create the value. People make the value by buying and selling real estate in the market place. The property appraiser has the legal responsibility to study those transactions and appraise your property accordingly.

The property appraiser also:

  • tracks ownership changes
  • maintains maps of parcel boundaries
  • keeps descriptions of buildings and property characteristics up to date
  • accepts and approves applications from individuals eligible for exemptions and other forms of property tax relief
  • analyzes trends in sales prices, construction costs, and rents to best estimate the value of assessable property.

A Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (C.A.M.A.) system is used by experienced appraisers to ensure that fair values are set for all Monroe County property owners. Appraisers are also assisted by our Geographic Information System (GIS) which helps us to provide detailed and up-to-date property ownership maps for field appraisers. The GIS is frequently updated to reflect changes to the land in Monroe County. This information is also used to analyze property data and gives appraisers yet another tool for comparing similar properties.

Announcements :

  • BEWARE of offers to lower your property taxes!!

Unlicensed and unregulated companies in Florida are sending letters, often times looking like a bill, to consumers with this offer. Although they look official, they are not -- these companies are committing consumer fraud. Many charge a “filing and processing” fee of $99 or more.