The 2017 storms and flooding brought widespread damage to Lee County. The property appraiser’s office recognized the damage that was
reported to us and adjusted values accordingly. Below you’ll find our original response and information regarding the storm. While
most of the local storm response has been completed, we are aware that some of you may still have issues. If you still have damage
or have questions about our hurricane response please contact us.
2017 Storm and Flooding Information
2017 brought Hurricane Irma and flooding to Lee County. Your property appraiser’s office is currently preparing values for the
2018 Final Tax Roll and we want to make sure we have taken any remaining property damage related to those events into consideration.
Review the information below and contact us if needed. Additionally, if you were unable to live in your home for 30 or more days
during 2017 you may be entitled to a property tax refund. Please review the information below for eligibility.
Once you’ve reviewed the information, if your property was damaged or you believe you are eligible for the property tax refund and
you have not yet made our office aware of it, please email us at Taxroll@leepa.org, call
our office at (888) 721-0510 or fax your information to (239) 533-6160. We appreciate your assistance. Be sure to check here
frequently for updated information.
In the News:
Naples Daily News - Bonita Springs Might Buy Homes in Neighborhoods Flooded By Hurricane Irma (7/25/2019)
NBC-2 - You Could Qualify For A Tax Break If Your Home Was Damaged By Hurricane Irma (7/23/2018)
News-Press - Time Is Running Out For Lee County Homeowners To Qualify For Hurricane Irma Tax Break (7/17/2018)
Wink News - Homeowners With Irma Damage Can Possibly Receive Tax Relief (7/11/2018)
News-Press - Hurricane Damage Not Fixed Jan 1 Could Mean Lower Property Tax Bill (7/10/2018)
Senator Nelson Addresses Seawall Damage (1/8/2018)
The Hurricane Tax Abatement – What you need to know!
During 2018, the Florida Legislature passed tax relief for certain homeowners who had property damaged in the last three hurricanes
to hit Florida (Hermine and
Matthew in 2016; Irma in 2017)
(F. S. 197.318).
Who and What:
You may be entitled to a tax abatement (refund) if your house was damaged in one of the recent hurricanes and you were unable to live in your homestead residence
for 30 or more days. Renters/rental property is not eligible for the tax refund.
Here's what YOU need to do:
If you were unable to live in your home for 30 or more days during 2017 due to the storms and flooding, fill out form
DR-463. Send it to our office along with your documented loss. Documents include:
utility bills, insurance information, contractor’s work, building permits, certificates of occupancy, rent payments, hotel bills etc. -- basically any information
that allows us to determine that you were unable to occupy and use your home for 30 or more days. NOTE: the days DO NOT need to be consecutive.
Here's what WE will do:
We’ll look at your documentation to make sure that you qualify. If you qualify we’ll calculate your loss in value and send it to the Lee County
Tax Collector (www.leetc.com). The Tax Collector will then figure out if you get a refund and how much
(they have to check what you paid and when before they can determine if you get money back).
You MUST apply by March 1, 2019. DO NOT DELAY. If your application is not in our office by March 1, 2019, we CANNOT consider it.
We will review all applications and make determinations by March 31, 2019. Once we make our determination,
we will notify you by mail of our decision. If you don’t qualify and you think you should, you can appeal our decision to the
Value Adjustment Board.
Contact us via email to Taxroll@leepa.org. Call us at (888) 721-0510. Fax us at (239) 533-6160.