Sunday, June 29, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Jim Smith land deal clouds county election
by Will Van Sant, Times staff writer
In print: Saturday, June 21, 2008
When the Jim Smith land deal exploded into view last summer, conventional wisdom was that the scandal would overshadow Pinellas County's 2008 elections.
But on Friday, as qualification for the ballot closed, just two candidates linked to the controversy remain: County Commissioner Karen Seel and property appraiser candidate Pam Dubov, who worked for Smith..........
.......Dubov, who has never answered questions before about the Smith deal, did so for the first time Friday, a day after she resigned her post as deputy property appraiser in Smith's office to campaign.
Dubov said she warned Smith the public would look askance at the difference between the appraised value and the sales price.
In the Aug. 26 primary her opponent is Frank Gregoire. A private appraiser for 30 years, Gregoire, 55, said Dubov should have gone public with her feelings about Smith's decision to cut a deal with the county.
.....full story here
This has everything to do with ethics, integrity and public trust. Voters and Taxpayers in Pinellas County deserve better than an individual with the "integrity" to disclose their views only "a day after she resigned her post as deputy property appraiser in Smith's office to campaign."
Pinellas County deserves a Property Appraiser that believes "in government or business, ethics and integrity are a full time job from which there can be no vacation."
Friday, June 20, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Today, June 18, 2008, Frank Gregoire qualified to have his name on the ballot for Pinellas county Property Appraiser.
Watch this space for upcoming news about signs, fundraising receptions and appearances. In the meantime, you can help by talking with property owners and arranging for sign locations in high traffic areas. We have several, but need many more, particularly north of Ulmerton Road.
Thanks for all your help.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Today, Governor Crist signed into law CS/HB 909 - Ad Valorem Taxation. This bill, sponsored by the Government Efficiency & Accountability Council and Representative Peter Nehr, adds clarification to the definition of Highest and Best Use, one of the eight criteria to be considered by County Property Appraisers in arriving at "Just Valuation". Representatives Jim Frishe and Ed Hooper, both of Pinellas County, co-sponsored this bill.
The legislation also requires important and much needed changes to the composition and conduct of Value Adjustment Boards.
The clarification to Highest and Best Use include requirements that the County Property Appraiser take into consideration the legally permissible use of the property, including any applicable judicial limitation, local or state land use regulation, or historic preservation ordinance, and any zoning changes, concurrency requirements, and permits necessary to achieve the highest and best use.
Both the clarification to Highest and Best Use and the change in the composition and conduct of the Value Adjustment Boards are important victories for Florida Taxpayers.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
It was an honor to have such distinguished and well respected appraisers host the reception and humbling to for the elite of Tampa Bay Valuation Professionals to express their support with their attendance and contributions.
Thanks to you all!
Sunday, June 8, 2008
The message below was sent to several hundred appraisers in the Tampa Bay Area last week. Keep in mind, the reception is open to all. Please RSVP if you plan to attend
We are fortunate that a true professional, Frank Gregoire, has agreed to run for the position of Pinellas County Property Appraiser.
Frank is a 50 year resident of Pinellas County and has been an appraiser for over 30 years. Frank has a national reputation as being completely honest, an energetic volunteer and a tireless advocate for the public interest.
In eight years of service on the Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board, Frank was elected and served as Chairman four times. He helped coordination between state and federal agencies, helped rewrite Florida statues and helped ensure that Florida’s education and testing requirements for appraisers safeguarded the public. It is vital that our new Property Appraiser be able to help rewrite the complex new tax regulations, following the direction of the legislature and the public, and lead the office in a new direction.
Frank knows the values and the ups and downs of the real estate market in Pinellas County like few others. While the administration of the office is generally satisfactory, it is vital to have a leader who truly understands the laws and economics affecting real estate.
Please join us at an afternoon reception in honor of Frank Gregoire.
Henry C. Entreken, Jr., MAI
Joni L. Herndon, SRA
Dan K. Richardson, PhD, MAI, AICP
H. Linwood Gilbert, Jr., MAI
Afternoon Fundraising Reception for
Frank Gregoire, IFA, RAA
County Property Appraiser
Date: June 11, 2008
Time: 5:30 to 7:00 PM
Location: Bascom’s Chop House
3655 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater
Click HERE for Map
Cost: Cash Bar
Campaign Donations: Always Welcome!
Click HERE to Contribute Online
Respond via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 727-410-7065
Political Advertisement paid for and approved by Frank Gregoire, Republican, for Property Appraiser
When home sales were blazing three years ago, property values soared on the blast of hot air. These days, with sales as cool as Dick Cheney at an Osama bin Laden rally, values are thunking back to earth.
Unless you're Juan Lopez, resident of St. Petersburg's Allendale Terrace neighborhood.
At the height of the housing boom in December 2005, Lopez and his wife, Joyce, paid $250,000 for a rough-around-the-edges 904-square-foot house near 36th Avenue N and Seventh Street. It was built in 1941 and suffered from renter's rot. A new appraisal values the home at $237,000.
Try telling that to Pinellas County. The property appraiser's office values the house at nearly $300,000 and taxed the Lopezes $5,600. Here's the twist: The county admits his house is nearly worthless, but claims his land alone would sell for $300,000.
The article does not tell the entire story. The Just Value of the Lopez property increased by 32.75% between 2006 and 2007. What is interesting is the increase in Just Value for the residence to west was just 26.17% and the residence to the east increased by only 12.33%!
Three residences, all on the same block, all built between 1940 and 1941, each of wood frame construction and between 904 and 987 sq.ft. of base area. How is it that the rate of appreciation (there was appreciation between 2006 and 2007?) ranges from 12.33% to 32.75%.
It's clear that the time in NOW to elect a Professional as Pinellas County Property Appraiser.