Real Estate Property Tax

The Real Estate and Tangible Personal Property tax rolls are prepared by the Property Appraiser's office. They determine the ownership, mailing address, legal description and value of the property.

The taxes are calculated by multiplying the property value less any exemptions by the millage rate, which is determined by the various County taxing authorities. A millage rate is the rate of tax per thousand dollars of taxable value.

2013 Millage Rate by Taxing Authority

County

3.55630

School – Required Local Effort

3.01800

School – Disc

2.64100

NW FL Water Management

0.04000

NW Mosquito Control District

0.49120

SW Mosquito Control District

0.13790

SW Fire District 2

0.97990

DeFuniak

4.50000

Freeport

4.73020




The breakdown is roughly as follows:

City of DeFuniak Springs        13.75530            (Within City Limits)

City of Freeport                         13.98550            (Within City Limits)

County                                           9.74650             (Not within a City Municipality)

South Walton Mosquito            9.39320              (To the East of Freeport)

South Walton Fire                       10.37310            (South of Choctawhatchee Bay)


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
(850) 892-8123

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 reduce or adjust the amount of taxes due on any tax account.

Collection and Discounts 

The Tax Collector's Office serves as the collector of property taxes. Property owners making tax payments can receive discounts on their taxes by making payments early. The following discounts apply to property tax payments:

  • November 30- payments postmarked by the 30th will receive a 4% discount.
  • December 31- payments postmarked by the 31st will receive a 3% discount.
  • January 31- payments postmarked by the 31st will receive a 2% discount.
  • February 29- payments postmarked by the 29th of February will receive a 1% discount.
  • March 31- no discount is received and no penalty is applied to the account.
  • After March 31- penalties are applied to the account.

New Tax Bill Format

Mortgage Company

If you pay your taxes through an escrow account, the mortgage company needs to request your tax bill from our office, annually.

The mortgage company will receive the bill to be paid while you will receive an information only copy.

The mortgage company is required by law to pay taxes during the 4% discount period.

When your mortgage is satisfied, the mortgage company will need to remove your account from its list of requested bills.

Alternative (Installment) Payment Plan for Property Taxes

Taxpayers may choose to pay their property taxes quarterly by participating in an installment payment plan. To be eligible for the plan, the taxpayers' prior year taxes must exceed $100.00. Those who qualify must fill out and return an Installment Plan application form to the Tax Collector's Office prior to May 1st (application forms are available at any location) or they can be printed off the web.

The plan requires that the first installment be made no later than June 30th. Failure to make the first payment will automatically terminate the participant's eligibility for the remainder of the year. The taxpayer will then be sent a regular tax bill in November, and must apply to be reinstated on the installment plan for future tax years.

The 1st and 2nd installments are based on ¼ of the previous year's taxes. The 1st installment is discounted 6%, and the 2nd installment, due September 30th, is discounted 4.5%. The 3rd and 4th installments are ½ of the remaining actual tax liability for the current year. The 3rd installment is discounted 3% and is due by December 31st. The 4th installment is not discounted and due by March 31st.

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Office Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8 am to 4:30 pm

Wednesday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Driver License/Identity Card Services offered daily from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Office Locations:

Phone: (850) 892-8121

DeFuniak Springs
Courthouse
571 US Hwy 90 E.

Santa Rosa Beach
Courthouse Annex
Hwy 331 South

Please direct mail for both offices to the address below.

Mailing Address
PO Box 510
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435
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To renew your registration online, simply click on the Motor Vehicle & Vessel Registration Renewal Link Under the Payment Center Tab.
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Pay your property taxes in four quarterly installments rather than one lump sum payment. To enroll in the program for 2011, please submit a completed Property Tax Installment Plan Application by April 30. Download an application under the Property Tab on the Forms Menu.

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