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REAL ESTATE BROKER CALLS ON METRO TO EXTEND SEPT. 15 DEADLINE FOR PROPERTY TAX APPEALS

 REAL ESTATE BROKER CALLS ON METRO TO EXTEND
 SEPT. 15 DEADLINE FOR PROPERTY TAX APPEALS
 MIAMI, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sept. 15 deadline for filing property tax appeals in Dade County should be extended by county government at least until Oct. 15 because of Hurricane Andrew, according to Miami real estate broker Sheila Anderson. Likewise, the Broward County deadline of Sept. 18 should be extended by a month, said the president of Commercial Property Services, Inc.
 "It is completely unfair to expect Dade County property owners to cope with current assessment notices that were mailed on the Friday before the storm hit," she said. "Many of the notices haven't been delivered yet. Mail hasn't even been restored to many properties, and transportation and communication services are still very uneven. It's only fair for county government to give people a chance to exercise their right to appeal."
 Anderson emphasized that there were many factors casting doubt on South Florida property assessments this year. These include recession, concurrency requirements, RTC sales and overbuilding of commercial property. And even storm damage may be a factor in some cases.
 "We reject the county's contention that all storm damage is irrelevant to this year's assessments. There may be mitigating factors regarding flood zones and code enforcement in individual cases. The way to find out is by appealing," Anderson said.
 Banks and insurance companies routinely appeal property assessments every year, Anderson noted, and other owners should follow their example. The owner pays only the $15 filing fee up front when professionals handle property tax appeals on a contingency basis.
 "Naturally, it is in the interest of government to discourage appeals because a successful appeal lowers the government's revenue. Government officials therefore have a conflict of interest on the subject of delaying the deadline. Nevertheless, any natural disaster that is sufficient to delay an election for one week, interrupt mail service and telecommunications for weeks or months and postpone school openings by at lease two weeks clearly is grounds to delay the bureaucratic deadline for filing tax appeals.
 "Property owners should demand that county commissioners delay their deadlines to give them a fair chance to exercise their right to appeal their property assessment."
 The president of Commercial Property Services, Inc., at 1000 Harbor Place, N.E. Second Ave. in Miami, Anderson is the broker who negotiated the donation of the Sears Roebuck property for the Dade County performing arts center.
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 /CONTACT: Sheila Anderson of Commercial Property Services, 305-372-9200/ CO: Commercial Property Services, Inc. ST: Florida IN: SU:


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