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Where Do Your Tax Dollars Go?

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The pie chart above provides a visual break down of where your tax dollars are spent. In general, for 2021, 49.08% is levied by the School Board, 50.68% is levied by the County and 0.24% is levied by the Northwest Florida Water Management District (NWFWM) based on 2021 final millage rates set by the respective taxing authority.

Every property taxpayer will pay ad valorem (according to your value) taxes to the County, School Board and Northwest Florida Water Management District. If you are within city limits, you will pay city taxes to the City of Milton, City of Gulf Breeze or the Town of Jay. These are also ad valorem taxes, based on the assessed value of your property.

Midway Fire District and Avalon-Mulat Fire District taxes are also ad valorem based. The City of Milton and the Holley-Navarre Fire District set their own Fire Assessment rates. All other taxpayers are assessed a fire tax set by the County for your respective Fire Department, and that fire tax is a uniform flat fee. For more information on County Fire Rates, call (850) 983-5360.

The Property Appraiser is only responsible for setting the assessed value of your home. The assessed value, less any exemptions, is then multiplied by the millage rate set by the individual taxing authority to determine the amount of your ad valorem taxes. For your convenience, we have provided contact information for each of the taxing authorities mentioned above:

Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners
  6495 Caroline Street, Suite M, Milton, FL 32570
(850) 983-1877

Santa Rosa County School Board
  5086 Canal Street, Milton, FL 32570
(850) 983-5150

Northwest Florida Water Management District (Headquarters)
  85 Water Management Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
(850) 539-5999

City of Gulf Breeze
  1070 Shoreline Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
(850) 934-5115

City of Milton
  6738 Dixon Street, Milton, FL 32570
(850) 983-5400

Town of Jay
  3695 Highway 4, Jay, FL 32565
(850) 675-4556

Avalon-Mulat Fire District
  5408 Mulat Road, Milton, FL 32583
(850) 994-4445

Holley-Navarre Fire District
  8618 Explanade Street, Navarre, FL 32566
(850) 939-5236

Midway Fire District
  1322 College Parkway, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563
(850) 932-4771

Santa Rosa County Fire Assessments
(850) 983-5360

In addition to these taxes, you may be assessed non-ad valorem taxes for MSBU’s or Municipal Service Benefit Units. These include street lighting, sewer/water, road paving, etc. All questions concerning MSBU’s should be directed to the County Budget office at (850) 983-1853. The Property Appraiser’s office does not initiate, establish nor maintain MSBU’s.