Property tax appeals force scramble for personnel, funds

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The Miami-Dade Value Adjustment Board is hustling to find enough people to handle the 40 percent rise in property tax appeals. The office said 2009 appeals are projected to reach 140,000 as homeowners contest the valuations that determine their tax rates. The board is still counting the appeals it received by the Sept. 18 deadline, and the tally is up to about 80,000. Miami-Dade County clerk Harvey Ruvin said Tuesday he’s hunting for more locations to hear the appeals expected, and wants to increase the number of magistrates, now 33, who are hearing 50 to 60 appeals a day. That number will jump to 41 in December, when the 2008 appeals are complete. [Miami Today News]

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