CLEARWATER Its been a long time coming, but property values in Pinellas are finally on the rise.
Property Appraiser Pam Dubov released the estimated 2013 taxable values by taxing authority May 29. The numbers forecast an overall 3 percent increase countywide.
This is good for the taxing authorities, fire districts and municipalities. If the estimates prove true, it means more money for the coffers. The total taxable value for the general fund in 2013 is estimated to be in excess of $55.97 billion compared to $54.35 billion in 2012.
The property appraiser forecasts a 2.98 percent increase for the countys general fund, health department, Pinellas Planning Council, Juvenile Welfare Board and Southwest Florida Water Management District. A slightly larger increase of 3.41 is estimated for Emergency Medical Services.
The Pinellas County School Board could see a rise in values of 3.18 percent and 3.33 percent for Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority.
Tax values for unincorporated countys municipal services district could go up 2.32 percent and 2.26 percent for library services. Pinellas Park Water Management District values could increase by 4.10 percent, according to the estimates, with 1.37 percent increase for Clearwater Downtown Development, 3.89 percent for Feathersound Community Services and 2.2 percent for Palm Harbor Community Services.
Two thirds of the countys 24 municipalities have estimated tax value increases of more than 3 percent. Belleair Shore had the highest estimate at 7.43 percent. Gulfport had the lowest at 0.77 percent.
The complete order listed high to low:
Belleair Shore - 7.43 percent
North Redington Beach - 6.61 percent
Redington Beach - 5.71 percent
Belleair Beach - 5.22 percent
Indian Rocks Beach - 4.99 percent
Redington Shores - 4.69 percent
Madeira Beach 4.64 percent
Treasure Island 4.51 percent
Kenneth City 4.24 percent
St. Pete Beach 3.98 percent
St. Petersburg 3.74 percent
Indian Shores 3.73 percent
Pinellas Park 3.67 percent
South Pasadena 3.66 percent
Oldsmar 3.57 percent
Clearwater 3.24 percent
Belleair Bluffs 2.90 percent
Seminole 2.53 percent
Dunedin 2.11 percent
Safety Harbor 1.74 percent
Largo 1.29 percent
Tarpon Springs 1.16 percent
Belleair - 1.05 percent
Gulfport 0.77 percent
Estimated values are up for 14 of 15 fire districts. Taxable value in the Safety Harbor Fire District is forecast to drop 0.15 percent. Other value increases, in order high to low, include:
Belleair Bluffs fire 6.21 percent
South Pasadena fire 5.17 percent
Lealman fire 4.19 percent
Seminole fire 3.43 percent
Tierra Verde fire 3.27 percent
Dunedin fire 2.83 percent
Gandy fire 2.64 percent
East Lake fire 2.54 percent
Pinellas Park fire 2.41 percent
Highpoint 2.31 percent
Palm Harbor fire 2.12 percent
Clearwater fire 1.31 percent
Tarpon Springs fire 0.79 percent
Largo fire 0.71 percent
Safety Harbor negative 0.15
The property appraiser has a July 1 deadline to certify taxable values for the next budget year. The values and tax levies by each taxing authority will be used to calculate Truth in Millage Notices that will be mailed to property owners Aug. 19. Taxing authorities have until Aug. 2 to inform the property appraiser of tentative millage rates. Those rates cannot be raised, but they can be lowered.