Volusia ranks 2nd in state for highest tax rate

By Chris Graham
Published: Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 8:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 9:30 p.m.
volusiaVolusia County Chair Jason Davis knows how the county’s tax numbers look and says he’s working hard to change them.
In reality, though, he won’t be able to do it by himself.
“The entire process is going to take a team effort,” he said.
This fall, county and city officials will finalize budgets for the coming fiscal year, with most governments calling for at least a modest tax hike — all of which will contribute to an overall Volusia tax rate that is Florida’s second-highest for the third time in four years.
Volusia ranks behind only Alachua County — $23.22 per $1,000 of taxable value compared with $23.44. Flagler ranks 14th in the state at $19.32, up from 18th last year.
While the tax rate is only half the equation in calculating a tax bill —and Volusia and Flagler taxpayers fare better in the final tally than residents in some counties with lower rates — Ed Connor of Volusia Tax Reform says he worries Volusia soon could be crowned with the dubious title as Florida’s leader.
“It’s a depressing thought,” he said, “but I think we’re headed that way.”
THE EQUATION
The overall tax rate is the total of all rates charged by taxing authorities serving a county. It’s more than just the rate set by the Volusia County Council or Flagler County Commission. Cities, school boards, hospital and water districts and even groups most people have never heard of — the Ponce Inlet Port Authority? — can show up on your tax bill.
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