The Real Deal Miami

What is it really worth? Property appraiser and owners square off

Disputes mount over the assessment value of properties
By Francisco Alvarado | October 13, 2016 09:45AM

Setai and Miami-Dade Property Appraiser Pedro Garcia

Miami-Dade property appraiser Pedro Garcia is challenging adjustments made to property assessments, including those for 132 condo units at the Setai Miami Beach tower.

From the fall issue: These days, there is certainly no love lost between Miami developers and the county’s Property Appraiser’s office. Increasingly, the groups are battling it out in court over assessment values.

Take, for example, the case of a North Miami Beach strip mall located at 14750 Biscayne Boulevard. In December 2015, the mall’s owner convinced the Miami-Dade County Value Adjustment Board that the previous year’s property assessment of $15.2 million was too high. The board slashed the market value given to the 107,000-square-foot property by nearly half, to $7.6 million. As a result, Arena Shops, the company that owned the shopping center, was owed a significant property tax refund. [more]