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TRIM Appeals

Last month, Southwest Florida property owners began receiving Truth in Millage (TRIM) notices in the mail.  The notices are an estimate of property taxes the owner will incur based on a property’s assessed value, and the time to dispute that assessed value is quickly coming to a close.  We’ll speak with Lee County Property Appraiser Ken Wilkinson along with Fort Myers-based real estate attorney Mike Hagen for a look at how a property’s assessed value is determined, what owners considering an appeal need to know about the process, and trends for 2013 petitions and tax roll estimates.

John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition and producer and host for WGCU’s radio talk program Gulf Coast Live! John came to WGCU as an intern in 2007, and is now reporting on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to Southwest Florida.  Prior to joining WGCU, he worked at WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, PA covering local government and general assignments.John studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University. His work has garnered awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and a first place award and “Best in Show” from the Florida Associated Press for his investigative work in 2011.