© 2023 All Rights reserved WUSF
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
News about coronavirus in Florida and around the world is constantly emerging. It's hard to stay on top of it all but Health News Florida and WUSF can help. Our responsibility at WUSF News is to keep you informed, and to help discern what’s important for your family as you make what could be life-saving decisions.

Hillsborough Property Appraiser Seeks Property Tax Relief For COVID-19

Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Bob Henriquez
Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Facebook Page
Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Bob Henriquez is proposing tax relief options for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Hillsborough County’s property appraiser is proposing tax relief options for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Bob Henriquez says Florida lawmakers should treat the virus as it would any natural disaster.

“COVID-19 is like a Category 5 hurricane struck the entire state," Henriquez said. "So I’m urging the legislature to give local property appraisers and local governments the ability to help taxpayers as they try to recover from this very difficult time.”

Henriquez has come up with a few approaches based on his experience as a former state representative and what he sees other states doing:

  • An extension of property tax payment deadlines.
  • Waiving fees for late filers
  • Reducing a tax’s impact so that it corresponds to the number of days a business was closed due to emergency orders.

He also suggests the creation of a task force, including representatives of the real estate industry, to help the state legislature craft and implement relief.

Almost every day, I come before the microphone with the same enthusiasm as the Dani Rojas character in the “Ted Lasso” television series. I do 100 pushups, take some laps around the house, thank my supervisors and audience for giving me the opportunity to do what I love, bellow “Radio is liiiife” from the back steps, and bound back to my garret and get to work.
WUSF 89.7 depends on donors for the funding it takes to provide you the most trusted source of news and information here in town, across our state, and around the world. Support WUSF now by giving monthly, or make a one-time donation online.