Given the current economic conditions and the fact that market values for property are depressed, this is not the time to increase the millage rate or raise taxes.

Several reports and organizations are saying the same thing: Oppose tax increases!

You can get involved:
 
- Write, call, and email your county commissioner.  (see below)

- Attend the County Commission hearings on budgets and taxes.

The first Public Hearing for the 2010 budget will be held September 8 at 6:00 P.M. in the Jane Thompson Memorial Chambers on the 6th Floor of the Palm Beach County Governmental Center, located at 301 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.  To find out more: http://www.pbcgov.com/newsroom/0909/09-04-09_budget_hearing.htm

- To try and lower your current tax bill, file a petition with the County Value Adjustment Board. You can do it online: www.mypalmbeachclerk.com

- Understand County Finances. Click on this link to download the Palm Beach County Finance explanation for the last 3-5 years: http://www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/uploadedFiles/Public_Funds/pafr08.pdf

Hal Valeche, a former Palm Beach Gardens council member and congressional candidate has a new website that proclaims:

CALL YOUR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO STOP THE 15% TAX HIKE!
http://www.taxpayeractionnetwork.com

 

Town of Palm Beach County Commissioner:
Commissioner Karen Marcus
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877-930-2201

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Commissioner Vana
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877-930-2203

Commissioner Koons
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877-930-2202

Commissioner Abrams
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561-355-2204

Commissioner Aaronson
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877-930-2205

Commissioner Santamaria
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877-930-2206

Commissioner Taylor
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561-355-2207

The Palm Beach County Economic Council is promoting lower taxes
http://www.economiccouncilpbc.org/index.php?src=news&refno=2241&category=Taxation

Florida Taxwatch has the tax Turkey Watch Report
http://www.floridataxwatch.org/

Recent Time Magazine Article: Florida's Property Taxes Go Wacky in Housing Slump
http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1907198,00.html