Survey Shows Leon Co. Residents Oppose Planned Property Tax Increase

Sep 10, 2012

The Leon County Commission will hold a public hearing Tuesday at 6 pm on a plan to raise property taxes, but according to a new survey, more than 60 percent of the county’s homeowners are against the proposal.

"People feel as if their property taxes have not come down commensurate with the decrease in their property values," says Phillip Downs with the Kerr-Downs Research group. 

Downs conducted the poll along with WCTV as part of the latest TallahasseeVoices survey.  

According to Downs, Leon County citizens oppose the increase by a 2-to-1 margin.

Property values fell during the recession and housing market bust. In July, the Leon County Commission proposed increasing the property tax rate from $7.85 to $8.31 per $1,000 in taxable property value. That's an almost 6 percent rate hike.  

The county says the increase is necessary to offset some of the decline in county revenue.