July 10, 2014

Doral proposes same tax rate for next year

Homeowners with the homestead exemption would pay about $4 more in tax to the city.

The Doral City Council wants to keep the property-tax rate the same for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

The council has proposed maintaining the tax rate at $1.928 per $1,000 of taxable property value. Doral would continue to have one of the lowest property tax rates in Miami-Dade County.

The owner of a home assessed at $193,000 would pay about $279 in property taxes. This marks a $4 increase from last year, assuming the owner qualifies for the standard homestead exemption and the home’s assessed value increased by 1.5 percent, the maximum allowed by law this year for an owner-occupied home.

In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the council agreed to advertise this rate, which could go down during the budget season but cannot easily go up.

City Manager Eddie Rojas has been working with the city’s departments to develop a budget proposal, which should be completed in the coming weeks.

Council members scheduled two public hearings where people can share their thoughts on this year’s budget proposal. The first is at 5:01 p.m. Sept. 10, and the second is at the same time Sept. 24. Both will be held at the Doral Government Center, 8401 NW 53rd Terr.

A letter will be sent to all homeowners in the city in August that will include the proposed tax rate and public hearing dates. This state-mandated letter, called a “TRIM notice,” will also have proposed tax rates for city, county school board and other local agencies.

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