Are you a residential property owner in the unincorporated county who is considering annexing into a neighboring city or town? Deciding whether or not it would be beneficial to annex can be a confusing process. There are a number of taxes, fees, and service charges that can change with annexation, and residents may not know how to estimate the financial impact of these changes.
Forward Pinellas believes that property owners should be as informed as possible before making the decision whether or not to annex. The Truth in Annexation worksheet is designed to help you obtain some of this information, by estimating the difference in annual taxes and fees that you would pay before and after annexation.
How to Use the Truth in Annexation Worksheet
To complete the Truth in Annexation worksheet, you will need to know the following information:
- The city or town you are considering annexing into. (Note that not all municipalities are listed on the worksheet, only those that have adjacent unincorporated land.)
- The taxable value of your property, whether you have a homestead exemption, and your taxing district. You can find this information:
- From the Pinellas County Property Appraiser’s Office web site, which allows you to look up property information by owner name or address. A sample result and helpful hints can be found here.
- On your property tax bill, which you can access though the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s web site. A sample bill and helpful hints can be found here.
- Whether you are located in a special district. If applicable, this information will appear on your property tax bill, available at the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s web site (a sample bill and helpful hints can be found here).
- Your potable (drinking) water and sewer district. This information will be shown on the bills you receive for these services.
- The amount of electricity you use in an average month, in kilowatt-hours (kWh). This information can be found on your electric bill (click here to see a sample).
- The estimated amount you pay monthly for the following services:
- Landline phone
- Cell phone
- Cable TV
- Internet access
- Potable water
- Garbage pickup (if your household is billed quarterly, divide this number by three to get the monthly cost)
If you would like assistance completing the worksheet, or if you have any other questions about Truth in Annexation, please contact Forward Pinellas at 727-464-8250.
In addition to the worksheet, a general comparison of property and other taxes, fees and surcharges for municipalities and unincorporated areas is available here.