Osceola County is comprised of 1,506 square miles or 963,840 acres. Agriculture plays an important role in the industry and economics of the county. There are 565,000 acres in agricultural use. The major agricultural uses are cattle, citrus and commercial sod. See Guidelines for Agriculture Classification of Lands at the end of this section.
The Commercial Appraisal Department of the Osceola County Property Appraiser’s Office is responsible for all real property that is not considered residential or agricultural in the county.
Complete and accurate maps are essential to the Property Appraiser’s Office and of benefit to various other government and non-government users. In the past, maps in the Appraiser’s office had been kept up-to-date manually. In the last few years, with the advent of larger and faster computers, and more sophisticated programs, many of the mapping functions which historically required manual input, can now be completed using computers. One method available to accomplish this is the use of computer assisted drafting systems known as geographic information systems GIS.
The Information Systems Department’s primary objective is to maintain and produce the annual real and tangible property tax rolls for Osceola County. This data, upon certification, is then submitted to the Office of the Osceola County Tax Collector for generating the actual tax bills.
The Land Records Department processes many types of information and requests for the Property Appraiser’s Office, from creating custom maps, customer requests for property information, assigning parcel numbers, split and merge requests, subdivisions, annexations, deeds, and easements to name a few. For further information, click the link above.
It is the responsibilty of the Property Appraiser to determine the classification of the mobile home or manufactured home for ad valorem tax purposes; whether it be classified as real property, tangible personal property, or exempt as a mobile home per Chapter 193.075, Florida Statutes.
The Residential Department is responsible for the assessment of all improved residential properties from single family up to ten unit multi-family apartment buildings plus residential condominiums, townhome developments, mobile homes as well as vacant residential land.
Tangible personal property is everything other than real estate that has value by itself. It would include things such as furniture, fixtures, tools, machinery, household appliances, signs, equipment, leasehold improvements, supplies, leased equipment and any other equipment used in a business or to earn income.