The Taxpayer’s Guide to
(Truth in Millage)
Please use this helpful guide
to protect your rights as a
property owner and taxpayer!
ERVIN A. HIGGS
Monroe County Property Appraiser
Our Main Office
Monroe County Property Appraiser’s Office
500 Whitehead St
Key West, FL 33040
Real Estate Dept.
Key West, Lower Keys and
Condominium Appraisal Dept.
Tangible Personal Property Dept.
GIS Mapping and Computer Dept.
Our Branch Offices
Marathon Government Center
2798 Overseas Hwy Suite 310
Marathon, FL 33050
Jerry Ellis Building
88700 Overseas Hwy
Tavernier, FL 33070
All Offices Are Open Weekdays
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays
Dear Monroe County Property Owner,
The Property Appraiser is charged with protecting the
integrity of the tax base, the rights of property owners,
administering state and local exemption law and serv-
ing the public in their needs for property records and
Your TRIM notice will reflect, as applicable, three new
exemption components of Amendment 1 enacted in
January 2008 by the voters of the State of Florida.
Effective for the 2008 tax roll is an additional $25,000
exemption for qualified Homestead Properties, a
$25,000 exemption for Tangible Personal Property and
Portability. Portability allows property owners to take
up to $500,000 in Save Our Homes value to a new
The format of the TRIM notice has changed for 2008
because these new exemptions create different levels of
taxable values for the varying taxing authorities. The
$25,000 additional exemption does not apply to the
school district mill levy but it does apply to all other
levies. The taxable value of homesteaded properties
will also include the 3% increase in their assessed value
from the prior year as mandated by Amendme