We are pleased to announce the establishment of the Town’s Twitter account: @SWR_Gov. This social media forum will be used to notify residents and interested parties (“followers”) about issues pertaining to the Town such as Town events, Town meetings, and emergency notifications.

Please take a moment to review our Twitter page by clicking this link: @SWR_Gov.

If you wish to be kept up to date on Town notifications, please consider “following” us on Twitter. As we continue to increase our social media presence please keep an eye on the horizon, as we will also be developing a Facebook page in the near future.

We are pleased to announce the creation of the Town’s YouTube Channel. This channel will be used to publish official Town content. Initially, Town Council meetings will be the first offerings and as the channel progresses we will publish content featuring Town events and other appropriate content.

Please take a moment to review our channel (Southwest Ranches Official Channel). Please use this channel to view Town Council meetings and other related content. As we continue to increase our social media presence please keep an eye on the horizon, as we will be developing a Twitter account and Facebook account in the near future.

2018 Estimate of Taxable Values

The preliminary 2018 property values will be posted on our website at www.bcpa.net on June 1. This will be your first opportunity to review your 2018 property value and contact our office if you believe the just value to be inaccurate. Florida law requires our market values be a year in arrears meaning we use the qualified sales of comparable properties from January 1, 2018 back through January 2, 2017 for the 2018 property values. If you purchased your property in 2018, your 2018 purchase price will be used in setting your property’s 2019 market value. For questions regarding your residential property, please call 954.357.6831. Our office will be mailing the 2018 TRIM (proposed tax) Notices to all Broward property owners in mid-August. This notice will show your property’s 2018 market value, assessed value, exemptions and proposed tax rates as set by the various taxing authorities.

Did You Have Homestead Exemption on One Home and Purchase Another?

If you had Homestead Exemption on a property in 2016 or 2017 and have purchased a new permanent residence in Florida, please make sure you have applied for both Homestead Exemption and Portability at your new residence. Portability allows you to transfer the savings you built up by having Homestead Exemption on any Florida property to another Homesteaded property in Florida. To transfer the Save Our Homes benefit, you must establish a Homestead Exemption at the new home within two years of January 1 of the year you sold or moved from the old homestead (not two years of the sale or move date). Note: a Portability application transfers the savings you have earned, but it does not automatically transfer your Homestead Exemption. You must apply for both Homestead Exemption on your new home and complete a Portability application. The Portability application can be found on our website at www.bcpa.net/Forms/DR501T2009.pdf. For questions regarding Homestead Exemption, Portability or any of the available tax-saving exemptions, please call our Customer Service representatives at 954.357.6830.

The absolute last deadline to file for all 2018 exemptions is September 18, 2018.

Meet Our Mobile Exemption & Information Team

The Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office has a group of representatives visiting homeowner and community groups around Broward County to educate property owners about the role of our office and provide important tax-saving information. To find out when we will be assisting residents and property owners in your community, simply visit our event calendar online at www.bcpa.net/Events.asp. If you would like a representative to attend one of your meetings or events, please contact Michael Clark, Mobile Exemption & Information Team (MEIT) Manager, at 954.357.6905 or mclark@bcpa.net.
If my office can ever be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at 954.357.6904 or by email at martykiar@bcpa.net.

Marty Kiar