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The 2017 Florida Statutes

Title XIV
TAXATION AND FINANCE
Chapter 218
FINANCIAL MATTERS PERTAINING TO POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS
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F.S. 218.66
218.66 Special distributions for contested property taxes.
(1) In the event that an action to contest a tax assessment is brought by a taxpayer in a county or municipality participating in the distribution of half-cent sales tax proceeds pursuant to s. 218.61 and the difference between the good faith payment made by that taxpayer pursuant to s. 194.171(3) and the taxes that would have been paid on the property appraiser’s tax assessment is greater than 6 percent of the total assessed taxes for the county or municipality, the county or municipality qualifies for a special distribution of funds from the Local Government Half-cent Sales Tax Clearing Trust Fund as provided in this section.
(2) The determination of eligibility for the special distribution pursuant to this section and the amount of the distribution shall be calculated based on the total of districtwide millage levies by the county or municipality. The distribution shall be made upon application to the Department of Revenue by a qualified county or municipality in which the action to contest a tax assessment has not been resolved by July 1 of the year following the year in which the tax was assessed. Distributions shall be made prior to September 30 of that year and shall be in an amount equal to 95 percent of the difference between the good faith payment by the taxpayer and the taxes that would have been paid on the property appraiser’s tax assessment. Counties or municipalities receiving such distributions must use the revenue in the same manner prescribed for the ad valorem revenue which the distribution replaces. In calculating the distribution to participating county and municipal governments pursuant to s. 218.61, the amount earmarked for distribution within each county pursuant to s. 218.61(2) shall be reduced by a portion of the amount required for the special distribution equal to its proportionate share of total moneys remitted for distribution by sales tax dealers located in all counties.
(3) Upon resolution of the action to contest the tax assessment, any county or municipality which received a special distribution pursuant to this section shall immediately repay to the Local Government Half-cent Sales Tax Clearing Trust Fund the full amount of any tax revenues received as a result of the resolution. In calculating the distribution to participating county and municipal governments pursuant to s. 218.61, the amount earmarked for distribution within each county pursuant to s. 218.61(2) shall be increased by a portion of the amount of such repayment equal to its proportionate share of total moneys remitted for distribution by sales tax dealers located in all counties.
History.s. 2, ch. 98-228.