Executive Director, Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida
Educational Background (limit 75 words)
attended Orange County schools
Graduated from Bishop Moore High School
Columbia College – BS in Political Science
Civic Organizations (limit 75 words)
Serving community has always been an important part of Ed’s life. Ed has chaired fundraising efforts for the Heart of Florida United Way and was a director of both the Health Central Foundation, Orlando Health Foundation and the Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action. He most recently was the Chairman of the City of Orlando’s Criminal Nuisance Abatement Advisory Board, Orange County Public School Hispanic Advisory Board member and currently is a Commissioner on Orange County’s Charter Review Commission (CRC). As a result of Ed’s years of community involvement, the Orlando Business Journal named Ed to their “40 Under 40” list of leaders.
What process or system do you support to ensure that all taxable property is accurately appraised? (limit 150 words)
The Orange County office of the Property Appraiser is an administrative role and should be treated as such. Their is no place for political shenanigans. We must hire individuals with the highest integrity, who understands that political pay backs and revenge has no place in the office. The office must be fully transparent and subject itself to audits to the eye of its community. All property must be judged properly and our appraisers should not be led by leaders with a political objective. The property appraiser is responsible for identifying, locating, and fairly valuing all property, both real and personal, within the county for tax purposes. The “market” value of real property is based on the current real estate market. Estimating the “market” value of your property means discovering the price most people would pay for your property in its current condition. What is important to remember is that the property appraiser does not create the value. People establish the value by buying and selling real estate in the market place. The property appraiser has the legal responsibility to study those transactions and appraise your property accordingly.
What options should owners have if they disagree with the appraised value of their property? (limit 150 words)
Open access should be the mantra at the Orange County Property Appraiser. Transparency and integrity are not ‘suggestions’ for elected officials, they are requirements, and it’s time to return both to the Orange County Property Appraiser’s office. The Property Appraiser needs to create a standard procedure for ALL; currently their is an appeals process in place; but too often it is used for political pay back and political revenge. The Property Appraiser is an administrative role and needs to take politics out of the office. They must remain neutral offer education and guidance too the entire community.
What do you see as the top 3 issues that need to be addressed by the property appraiser’s office? (limit 150 words)
Call for a three year financial audit of expenditures and procedures.
Place the Appraiser’s “check book” online for public scrutiny.
Stop using tax dollars to pay for “Name ID political ads” disguised as PSAs.