Ed Crapo
CFA, ASA, AAS
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Office Information

  • Office Hours:
    Mon - Fri: 8am - 5pm

    Office Phone:
    (352) 374-5230

    Office Fax:
    (352) 374-5278

    Location:
    515 North Main Street
    Suite 200
    Gainesville, Fl 32601

    Custodian of Public Records:
    Property Appraiser

    Records Management Liaison Officer:
    Jim Durrance
    (352) 338-3243




Administrative Services


Appraisal Services

This department is typically the public's first contact with the office of Property Appraiser.

Public Requests: Handles requests for printed copies of parcel information and map reproduction and sales, sale of tax roll CD's, special projects such as mailing lists and labels for homeowners associations and small businesses and detailed and complex queries of our property data base.

The Department receives and reviews for approval all applications for homestead, senior citizen, widow and veterans exemptions and historical, tax increment and other special district provisions that affect valuation.


CAMA System

Maintaining the office's computer assisted mass appraisal software and supporting both internal and external users is the responsibility of this department. Development and maintenance of all Appraisal software system programs also resides here.

Our CAMA system utilizes an IBM DB2 relational database to house the appraisal database. It is updated daily with name and address changes, sales data and other real and personal property updates.

Internet server support of the current year's appraisal database (copy) and the GIS base map (copy) resides here. Our internet server is updated weekly to reflect new additions and changes to the office databases.


Exemptions and Support

The Department annually processes approximately 12,000 homestead exemption applications available under Florida Statutes

Mails approximately 75,000 items from the office annually including homestead applications and exemption notices.

Tax Roll Recaps: Prepares tax roll summaries and other tax roll documents for the office.


Finance and Personnel

Budgeting: Prepares and administers an annual budget of $3,975,000.

Payroll and Accounting: Prepares 24 semi monthly office payrolls and maintains all budgetary, purchasing, accounts payable, benefits and human resources records.

Coordinates and administers performance and evaluation processes, maintains the deputy handbook and handles grievance and labor relations issues.

Responsible for professional education and training, orientation of new staff, tracking DOR certification of staff and related training and education tasks.

Public Information: A variety of information pieces and web content items are developed here for presentation to the public and placement on the web to assure that accurate and informative data is available about the office and county's tax roll.


Technology And Support Services


IT Department

The daily operation of the office's networked computer system of PC's, servers and IBM AS/400 main frame, along with appropriate application software is the responsibility of this department.

The IT staff is responsible for maintaining all computer network, telecommunication and internet hardware and systems, including PC's to make sure that they are performing efficiently , researching and fixing all computer problems and running all computer jobs for the office.


Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

This department updates the GIS database daily with parcel changes including splits, subdivisions, condominiums, ordinances, map corrections and combines of parcels.

The department provides services and assistance to both internal and external users.

Digital map data base management and map boundary clean-ups.


GIS Applications

Our GIS Computer System utilizes GIS computer software to maintain the county base map database.

Software enhancements, programming tasks and support for the Countywide GIS User Group resides in this section.


Valuation


Data Input

Enters and verifies data from appraisal cards and property information summaries


Modeling and Analysis

Analyzing and calibrating CAMA system data to ensure that appraisal assumptions are accurate is the responsibility of this section of the Valuation Division. We are bound by law to maintain statistical compliance with Florida Statutes and Department of Revenue guidelines and the models developed here assist in that goal.


Real Property (Residential, Commercial & Agricultural) Appraisals

Appraises all residential, commercial and agricultural real property for tax purposes, including land, buildings and improvements.

Appraises agriculturally classified properties upon annual application and determines those properties that qualify for agricultural classification, establishing their value.

Date of Assessment: January 1 of each year. All property is assessed according to its just or market value

By law the Property Appraiser must physically inspect each piece of property every 5 years.

In deriving just valuation the factors that are considered are contained in Florida Statutes


Tangible Personal Property Appraisal

Appraises all tangible personal property which includes anything other than real estate that has value by itself, including furniture, fixtures, tools, machinery, signs, equipment, supplies and other items used in business to earn income.

Date of Assessment: January 1 of each year. All property is assessed according to its just or market value.

Tangible returns (DR-405) must be filed yearly with the Property Appraiser by April 1st unless the filing requirement is waived by Property Appraiser. Penalties accrue for late, non-filing and under-reporting.

In deriving just valuation the factors that are considered are contained in Florida Statutes