Understanding Your Tax Bill
How Your Property Tax is Determined
On January 1 of each year, the Property Appraiser’s Office assesses the value of property based on the current real estate market. The taxes are calculated later in the year once the various taxing authorities have set the millage rates. A millage rate is the rate of tax per thousand dollars of taxable value.The property tax due on each account is calculated by multiplying the property value less any exemptions by the millage rate.
Each August,Walton County property owners are mailed a Trim Notice by the Property Appraiser's Office. This notice provides land owners with an estimated tax bill. If property owners have any questions related to the Trim Notice, questions should be directed to the Property Appraiser's office upon receipt.
Walton County Property Appraiser, Patrick Pilcher
The Real Estate and Tangible Personal Property tax rolls are prepared by the Property Appraiser's office. These rolls certify the ownership, mailing address, legal description, value of the property and exemptions.
In October, the Property Appraiser's Office provides the Tax Collector's Office with a Certified Tax Roll. The Tax Roll is then used to generate property tax bills. Bills are mailed to Walton County residents before November 1st of each year. Once bills are printed, any changes in the assessed value of a property must be issued through the Property Appraiser's Office. The Tax Collector's Office cannot change the name, address, reduce or adjust the amount of taxes due on any tax account.