Citrus County Property Appraiser

February 2024 | Issue No. 21 Newsletter

Have you filed for Homestead Exemption yet?? If not, act fast! The deadline to apply for the homestead exemption is March 1, 2024. You can file on our website at or come into either of our two offices in Inverness or Crystal River. Our customer service team is available to assist you with any questions you may have.

So, what is homestead exemption? In the State of Florida, a $25,000 exemption is applied to the first $50,000 of your property’s assessed value if your property is your permanent residence and you owned the property on January 1 of the tax year. This exemption applies to all taxes, including school district taxes. An additional exemption of up to $25,000 will be applied if your property’s assessed value is between at least $50,000 and $75,000. This exemption is not applied to school district taxes. The homestead exemption includes an additional benefit called the “Save our Homes Cap”. This benefit will limit the annual increase of the assessed value to 3% or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is less. Over time this “Save Our Homes” cap may result in quite the difference in your Market Value vs. Assessed Value.

One thing to remember is, when a property is sold the homestead exemption is removed, the assessed value increases to the just/market value for the new year. This scenario is something we hear about frequently from homebuyers. That they weren’t aware that the tax amount would increase so dramatically, or they didn’t know they had to file for their own homestead exemption. Now, if you choose to not homestead your property, keep in mind that you will not benefit from that 3% limitation. Instead, all non-homesteaded properties annual assessment can increase up to 10% each year.

Over the last year we have made it a priority to showcase the homestead exemption as much as possible. We often meet with Citrus County realtors offices, holding a property appraiser informational training sessions for them. Our hope is that we could give the agents as much information as possible in order for them to better assist their buyers and sellers with explaining homestead or the tax amount change.

In addition to meeting with real estate agents, we held our first citizen training session at the end of last year. We got such great feedback from the first one, that we had enough interest to hold a second. We recently held another one this past Thursday, February 1st!

Another way we try to get our information out to the public is by posting multiple social media posts on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. If you don’t follow our Citrus County Property Appraiser Office social media pages, we encourage you to do so. 

We also have multiple online brochures located on our website that all realtors, title companies, or any relative businesses can print off and provide to the public free of charge. In February & June each year our office mails out “new homeowner cards” to every residential parcel that has new ownership to remind them to file for their homestead exemption. Those are just a handful of ways we try to reach the public and let all homeowners know to file for the homestead exemption.

What do I need to file for a homestead? For starters you must have legal or beneficial title, and be residing in the home as of January 1, 2024. When filing for the homestead exemption, you will need the following documents for all property owners applying. Florida Driver’s License/Florida ID Card, Florida Vehicle Registration (if you drive), & Florida Voter Registration (if you vote). Documents should reflect the address of your homesteaded property. In addition, your social security card/number, immigration documents if not a U.S. citizen, are the basics that will be required.

If you are married and your spouse is not an owner on the property, we will still require their information as well. Now, if your spouse has a homestead exemption on their home and you want to apply for a homestead at your residence, unfortunately that won’t work. A married couple is only entitled to receive one homestead exemption per the Constitution of The State of Florida, Article VII, Section 6 (b).

“I already have a homestead exemption”. That’s great! Then you do not need to reapply for that exemption each year. We will renew your exemption(s) annually as long as you still qualify for them. Florida Statute 196.011 (9)(b) requires the owner to notify the Property Appraiser's office whenever the use of the property or the status or condition of the owner changes so as to change the exempt status of the property. A “no longer qualified” status may be due to the property being rented, is no longer your permanent residence, or there is a change in ownership due to a sale, marriage, divorce, death.

Our office makes every effort to ensure the homeowners of Citrus County understand the exemption process. The staff at the Citrus County Property Appraiser’s office are always available to answer any questions you may have in both of our offices, or chat with us during business hours on our live chat feature online at


Cregg E. Dalton, CFA

Citrus County Property Appraiser

Important Information

Tax Bill Payments: As of November 1st you can pay your property tax bill. If you pay during the month of February, you will receive a 1% discount. To pay your bill click here.

2024 Homestead Exemption: The E-filing service is currently available for homestead exemption applications. You may also qualify for additional exemptions; select from the list of available options. A customer service representative will contact you if additional documentation is required. For more information, please contact our office: Email or (352) 341-6600.

Buyer Beware: Property taxes may be affected with change in ownership. When buying real estate property, you should not assume that property taxes will remain the same. Whenever there is a change in ownership, the assessed value of the property may reset to full market value, which could result in higher property taxes. Please use our tax estimator to approximate your new property taxes. Homestead exemptions and agricultural classifications are not transferable to the new owner. You must apply for your own exemptions and agricultural classifications.

2024 Agricultural Classification Deadline:

January 1st is the statutory assessment date for all property, therefore, to qualify for agricultural classification a property must be in bona fide agricultural use on or before that date or otherwise a reasonable effort must have been made to place the property in bona fide agricultural use by January 1st.The annual filing period for agricultural classification is between January 1st and March 1st.

In 2023 did you...

  • Get married
  • Buy a new home
  • Turn 65 and have a combat related disability
  • Enter your property into a trust
  • Get divorced
  • Record a new deed for your property

Any of these life altering changes could effect the exemptions or cap on your property for the 2024 tax year. Please contact our office at (352)341-6600 to speak with a customer service staff member.

Sorry We Missed You!

Did we leave one of these orange tags on your front door? Reasons for a visit from one of our field appraisers would be:

  • Florida law requires that we physically inspect your property every five years.
  • You recently pulled a permit.
  • A sale has taken place or there was a change in your current ownership.

February Birthdays!

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday!

Kelly, Rick, Cathy & Herb!

Community Outreach

Florida Tyler User Group 2024 Conference January 17-19: Our office was excited to host the 2024 Tyler Technologies Florida User Group Conference at the Plantation Resort in Crystal River. Several members of our staff had the opportunity to collaborate with staff from property appraiser offices around the state. Our website information and internal computer data ia operated by the Tyler Technology program. This is program is utilized around the world.

Property Appraiser Cregg Dalton gave a morning talk with the group about leadership and personal growth. It was a great way to get the day going on a positive note. Assistant Property Appraiser Darren Pillsbury took over and spoke about recent version updates, and Programmer Analyst Edwin Abbey shared different tricks we have found with data entry, etc.

(Photo L-R) Citrus County attendees: Systems Administrator Tom Odarczenko, Programmer Analyst Josh Smart, Tax Roll Specialist Stephen Smith, Tax Roll Manager Mary Jackson, Assistant Property Appraiser, Darren Pillsbury Programmer Analyst, Edwin Abbey.

Citrus County Blessings Packing-2023-2024 School Year: GIS department packing day! On January 17th our GIS department packed a total of 185 bags! Thank you Ric, Ken & Rick for your hard work and dedication to our office and feeding the kids in Citrus County!

Automatic Renewal Receipt & TPP Property Tax Return

On January 4th, all property owners who had an exemption or classification in 2023, will be receiving an Automatic Renewal Card or TPP Property Tax Return in the mail.

For Homestead, please review the exemption(s) you currently have to ensure they are correct for 2024. If nothing has changed, no action is necessary. We will continue the exemption on your property.

For Tangible Personal Property, please complete the forms provided and return to our office by April 1 to avoid penalties.

If something has changed as of January 1, 2024, please return this card to let us know. This would include the following:

  • Property was not your permanent residence on January 1, 2024
  • Property was rented on January 1, 2024
  • Owner has remarried
  • Owner is deceased

If you are unsure whether you still qualify for the exemption, give us a call! Per Florida Statute, it is the duty of the owner of any property to notify the Property Appraiser promptly whenever the use of the property or the status or condition of the owner has changed. If any property owner fails to notify the Property Appraiser of a change that would effect the exemption eligibility of the owner, the owner may be responsible for taxes that were erroneously exempted with penalties. Contact our office if you have any questions on these cards/forms that were mailed.

  • Customer Service Department 352-341-6600
  • Tangible Personal Property 352-341-6648

Additional Exemptions

Want to save money on your tax bill? Below are additional exemptions that you might be eligible for:

$5,000 off your assessed value.

  • Widowed, Blind, Veteran disabled 10% or more, or Totally and Permanently disabled (FL Permanent Handicap Parking Placard/SSI disability).

Disabled (Total & Permanent):

  • Hemiplegic, Paraplegic, Wheelchair required, or Legally Blind. (Gross Income Based)
  • Quadriplegic

Disabled Veteran or First Responder Exemptions/Discounts:

  • Disabled veteran confined to wheelchair, service-connected.
  • Disabled veteran discount, 65 or older which carries over to the surviving spouse.
  • Service-connected totally and permanently disabled veteran or veteran’s surviving spouse. 
  • Surviving spouse of veteran who died while on active duty.
  • First responder totally and permanently disabled in the line of duty or surviving spouse.
  • Surviving spouse of first responder who died in the line of duty. 

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