On October 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order (EO) 22-242 to extend deadlines for payment of property taxes in 26 counties that have been impacted by Hurricane Ian. The affected counties include: Brevard, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, and Volusia. The EO extends only to real property, including personal homes and commercial property, that was destroyed or otherwise rendered uninhabitable. The new deadlines for each property owner whose property has been completely destroyed or otherwise rendered uninhabitable are as follows:
- Ad valorem taxes and non-ad valorem assessments levied in 2022 shall be due and payable on January 1, 2023.
- Ad valorem taxes and non-ad valorem assessments shall become delinquent on June 1, 2023.
- The discounts for early payment shall be at the rate of 4% in the months of November 2022, December 2022, and January 2023; 3% in February 2023; 2% in March 2023; 1% in April 2023; and 0% in May 2023.
The EO also announced that the Governor would call the Legislature into a special session to further address property tax obligations, property insurance and provide economic relief to the affected counties. There is no date for this proposed special session but it will likely occur after the November election, but before the end of the year.
A copy of the executive order can be found here. Please email our team with any questions.