Taxing districts are geographic areas of the county in which property taxes are levied at the same rate. Each of the incorporated cities in DeSoto County is a taxing district.
In an unincorporated area of the county, the millage levy includes the rates levied by the DeSoto County Commission, the DeSoto County School Board, adn the South Florida Water Management District.
Inside each city, the millage levy includes these same rates, plus the millage rate levied by that respective City Commission.
Taxing authorities levy annual taxes on the taxable property in their jurisdictions. The rate at which a taxing authority levies tax is usually expressed in mils. One mil represents a rate of .001, and can be confusing if millage is confused with millage rate. The easiest way to think of millage is in "dollars per thousand"; that is, a rate of one mil is equal to one dollar of tax for each 1000 dollars of taxable value. The following example may be helpful.
If a taxing authority levies 10 mils on $1000 of taxable value... *The millage levy would be expressed as 10 mils *The millage rate would be expressed as .010 (.001 x 10) *The amount of tax would be calculated as $1000 x .010 = $10.00 *10 mils generates $10 of tax for each $1000 of taxable value.
Millage rates are set each year during the budget hearings held by each of the taxing authorities. Two public hearings are held each year, usually July through September, at which time budgets and tax rates are set. The meetings are advertised and are open to the public.
Click here to view Current 2021 Millage Rates (pdf)
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