By LYDIA BERGLAR
Last week’s paper included a story about the June 1 Dade County Board of Commissioners meeting. The headline read, “Citizens Concerned Over Property Tax Increase.” A more appropriate headline would have been, “Commissioners Concerned About Property Assessments.”
First, while commissioners reiterated concerns that citizens have expressed to them, no citizens expressed concerns during the meeting itself.
Second, the millage rate (which determines how much property owners pay in taxes) has yet to be set. The issue in discussion at the meeting was property assessments. At the bottom of the property assessment notices, which are mailed out each year, an estimated tax amount is listed. This amount is calculated using last year’s millage rate, so it is not an official tax bill.