Truth in Annexation 2016

This web page was last updated on 9/19/16.

Are you a residential property owner in the unincorporated county who is considering annexing into a neighboring city or town? Deciding whether or not it would be beneficial to annex can be a confusing process. There are a number of taxes, fees, and service charges that can change with annexation, and residents may not know how to estimate the financial impact of these changes.

The Pinellas Planning Council believes that property owners should be as informed as possible before making the decision whether or not to annex. The Truth in Annexation worksheet is designed to help you obtain some of this information, by estimating the difference in annual taxes and fees that you would pay before and after annexation.

Go to the Truth in Annexation Worksheet

How to Use the Truth in Annexation Worksheet

To complete the Truth in Annexation worksheet, you will need to know the following information:

  • The city or town you are considering annexing into. (Note that not all municipalities are listed on the worksheet, only those that have adjacent unincorporated land.)

  • The taxable value of your property, whether you have a homestead exemption, and your taxing district. You can find this information:

  • Whether you are located in a special district. If applicable, this information will appear on your property tax bill, available at the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s web site (a sample bill and helpful hints can be found here).

  • Your potable (drinking) water and sewer district. This information will be shown on the bills you receive for these services.

  • The amount of electricity you use in an average month, in kilowatt-hours (kWh). This information can be found on your electric bill (click here to see a sample).

  • The estimated amount you pay monthly for the following services:

    • Landline phone
    • Cell phone
    • Cable TV
    • Internet access
    • Potable water
    • Sewer
    • Garbage pickup (if your household is billed quarterly, divide this number by three to get the monthly cost)
    • Stormwater
  • If you would like assistance completing the worksheet, or if you have any other questions about Truth in Annexation, please feel free to contact the Pinellas Planning Council at 727-464-8250.

    Go to the Truth in Annexation Worksheet

    General Information

    In addition to the worksheet, general comparisons of tax information for municipalities and unincorporated areas are available:

    As an integral part of providing clear information to citizens and businesses, if you have additional questions or are considering annexation, we encourage you to contact the appropriate municipality. We have compiled a list of qualified staff in each municipality conducting annexations who will be able to answer your questions.