Webinar Wednesday

Each week, the Institute for County Government (ICG) is hosting Webinar Wednesday. Originally, the weekly webinars were put into place to provide continuing education when in person meetings were no longer possible as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to their continuing success, ICG looks to continue offering regular webinars even when in-person meetings resume.

The next webinars are below. For an archive of past webinars, please click here.

Understanding the Property Tax Assessment Process in Florida

Join Tim Wilmath, the Chief Appraiser at the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser's Office, for a webinar which will cover important facts about the property tax assessment system in Florida. It will include an overview of the important dates and timeline, a brief history of property tax in Florida, the responsibility of the property appraiser and the duties the property appraiser performs. We will also discuss the methods the property appraiser uses to determine ownership, apply exemptions and set values.

The presentation will cover the differences between market, assessed and taxable values and explain an overview of the various caps on assessments in Florida. We will also cover the most common exemptions, including homestead and portability (the ability to transfer cap savings to a different property). We will also briefly cover Agricultural classifications and personal property assessments. Lastly, we will discuss the appeals process. You won't want to miss this informative webinar.

County Transportation Funding and Gas Tax Indexing

Funding transportation infrastructure is a challenge for all local governments. While counties use a variety of sources to meet maintenance needs and capital improvements, one of the principal funding sources used by many is the local option fuel tax. Though counties are authorized to levy up to up to 12-cents per gallon, the revenues generated from this source are often inadequate to meet the growing needs of the community. One solution to help ameliorate this problem, is tying the tax to a growth factor (such as the Consumer Price Index) to ensure the purchasing power of the tax does not erode over time. Use of this approach – referred to as indexing – has been employed the State of Florida since 1985. According to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), for FY 19-20, indexing the state motor fuel tax to the CPI generated an additional $792 million in revenues when compared to what collections would have been without indexing.

To understand how state authorization for local option fuel taxes could benefit your county, please join us for this webinar where two leading experts (Ramon Gavarrete and Chris Evers) discuss this topic.

Future Webinar Schedule