The Lee County Property Appraiser is an elected county officer, as established by Article VIII of the Constitution of the State of Florida. Their duty is to determine the value of all property within the county, including improved and vacant real property, tangible personal property, and agricultural property. The Property Appraiser is also responsible for maintaining property ownership records and parcel ownership maps, and for administering tax exemptions such as homestead exemption, widows, widowers, blind exemptions, and disability and non-profit exemptions.
The Property Appraiser’s office is not a division or a department of the Board of County Commissioners. Their authority comes from the Florida Statutes as administered by the Governor and Cabinet.
The Property Appraiser does not set tax rates. The tax rates which are levied against each property are determined annually by the individual taxing authorities.