The bill (SB 4A) allows residents with a property that can’t be lived in for at least 30 days by Hurricane Ian to receive a property tax refund for the time during the year it was unavailable.
“These recoveries from major storms are really marathons,” DeSantis said at a bill signing event in Fort Myers Beach. “This is going to make a big difference for people. You don’t want to get hit with a big tax bill right after getting hit with a major hurricane.”
Hurricane Ian smashed into Southwest Florida as a Category 4 storm Sept. 28 and cut across the state, bringing massive storm surge and damaging winds and rain that killed more than 100 people.
Residents affected by the storm can apply with their local county property appraiser between Jan. 1 and April 1 for the rebate. Property appraisers are required to notify applicants about whether they qualified and how much and send a notice to the local tax collector by June 1. If the applicant has already paid the property taxes, the tax collector will then issue a rebate to the resident.