Value Adjustment Board (VAB) Information and Help
Filing the Petition
Petitions must be received by the filing deadline in the Office of the Clerk to the VAB. There is a $15 non-refundable filing fee, which helps to defray the expenses associated with the VAB functions. Petition forms may be obtained from the Clerk to the Board's Office, the Clerk's website, the Property Appraiser's Office, or the Department of Revenue's website.
Petition(s) and filing fee should be submitted to:
Honorable Pam Childers
Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller
Clerk to the Value Adjustment Board
221 Palafox Place
Pensacola, FL 32502-5843
Public Notice 7/27/2020
Notice is hereby given that the Escambia County Value Adjustment Board (VAB) will hold an organizational meeting on Friday, August 21, 2020, at 9:00 a.m., in Board Chambers, 221 Palafox Place, Pensacola, Florida, to consider matters in accordance with Chapter 12D-9.013, Florida Administrative Code, Requirements for Value Adjustment Boards in Administrative Reviews; Uniform Rules of Procedure for Hearings before Value Adjustments Board, including appointing legal counsel to the VAB, pursuant to Fla. Stat. §194.015, and appointing special magistrates, pursuant to Fla. Stat. §194.035(1). All interested parties are invited to attend. Parties that decide to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered by the Board will need a record of the proceedings, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. All Board meetings are recorded. Contact the Clerk to the VAB at VAB@escambiaclerk.com if a copy of the recording is needed. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Fla. Stat. §286.26, persons needing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding should contact DeLana Allen-Busbee, Clerk to the Board's Office, 221 Palafox Place, Suite 110, Pensacola, Florida 32502, at least 24 hours prior to the proceeding. Telephone: 850-595-3917
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
The VAB consists of two County Commissioners, one School Board Member, and two citizen members, one each appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and the District School Board, who are governed by Chapter 194, Florida Statutes, and Rule Chapter 12D 10, Florida Administrative Code.
The Value Adjustment Board (VAB) meets annually to review Petitions relating to appeals of denial of exemption or denial of classification and the Property Appraiser’s assessed value of real property or tangible personal property. Hearings are conducted by Special Magistrates, who are qualified real estate appraisers, personal property appraisers, or attorneys, selected by the VAB to make recommendations on Petitions. Under Florida Law, the Property Appraiser’s assessment is supported by a "presumption of correctness" and the burden of proof falls on the Petitioner contesting the validity and/or value of the Property Appraiser’s assessment.
The Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller is the Clerk to the VAB. The Clerk provides information and forms pertaining to the petition process by which a property owner can challenge the valuation, exemption, or classification assigned to the property.