'Portability' spurs tax fight in Tampa
TAMPA — Tony Beeny is doing what lots of Floridians are doing these days — challenging his property tax bill.
Beeny thinks Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Rob Turner got the market value wrong on a Tampa Palms home he sold in May. The sale price and what Turner's office says the home is worth are more than $100,000 apart.
But Beeny's petition is unlike the nearly 15,000 other appeals filed in Hillsborough this year: He wants the market value of his old house — and the tax bill — increased.
Beeny is looking to take full advantage of portability, a central plank of the Amendment 1 property tax overhaul approved by voters in January. It allows homeowners to take their tax cap savings under the Save Our Homes program from one home to another. (story here)