Property Tax Practices Questioned in Dixie County
Dixie County, FL -- They're a well-known political family in Dixie County, but now they're facing some big questions.
Real estate broker Sonja Reed was browsing through the Dixie County Property Appraiser's website one day and came across some properties she said are being given some big tax credits that are unusual.
She created a Facebook page called, "Dixie County Property Assessor Watchdogs" and said many of the properties posted are owned by members of a family made up of politicians who have held offices in Dixie County for decades. A family that includes County Attorney Jennifer Ellison, who is running for County Judge, as well as former Property Appraisers Hal Chewning, Jr. and Sr.
Some owners on the page are paying little to no taxes after being given agricultural credits which Reed claims may not apply to the properties. Reed said since she's started the page, the Property Appraiser's office has re-assessed some values and some of the property taxes due have gone up by hundreds of dollars.
"I decided to create the Facebook page just so the people would know here's what we have going on and here's how it's getting corrected but here's more that needs to be corrected," said Reed.
Dixie County Property Appraiser Robert Lee refused to comment on Reed's findings Monday.
Reed said she plans on taking her findings to an attorney for more legal insight.
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