Property appraisers can help with land-holding strategies

Land values along Florida’s coast are starting to improve. And, fortunately, that upward trend should eventually affect the central part of our state. But, while we wait to see what real estate markets will do, landowners want to know how they should be using their land. [emember_protected custom_msg=”Click here and register now to read the rest of the article!”]

Property owners who want to leave their land to heirs, or want alternative uses for their property for agricultural or other tax benefits, are in a similar situation. They all need strategies for holding land.

Most property appraiser’s offices can help you decide the best course of action. At this time of year, they are near the end of their spring influx of applications for land-use tax code applications. You shouldn’t hesitate to call and talk to an expert in land tax codes. Most of these professionals are eager to help you understand different potential uses for your property, such as timber, hay, cattle, leasing to other farms, or switching crops altogether.

Your property appraiser’s office staff can tell you about application and new use deadlines. Their deadlines might not coincide with Mother Nature’s optimum timeframe for a new land management practice, however. Good communication and proper planning will make that land transition almost painless.

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column by BRAD WEIHRAUCH

BIO: Brad Weihrauch is a Polk County native. He grew up around a family business of agriculture and customer service.  After Winter Haven High School, he went on to complete his education at Polk Community College and Warner Southern. After serving 17 years in customer service for a large retailer, Weihrauch returned to his agriculture roots and founded RWC, an agri-service and management company, in 2002. [/emember_protected]