Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Property Appraiser

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Property Appraiser

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FRAN BEACH

-- Age: 53

-- Occupation: Assistant commercial supervisor, Duval County Property Appraiser's Office

-- Education: Bachelor of science in financial management, Florida Southern College; conferred a certified assessment evaluator by the International Association of Assessing Officers.

-- Family: Single

-- Political party: Republican

-- Political experience: Has a total of 29 years experience in property appraisers' offices, 13 in Duval County, 12 in Orange County and four years as city assessor in Vassar, Mich.

-- Top three priorities and how to address them: 1. Ensuring appraisals of all property be at fair market value, uniformly and equitably. I will use resources wisely to improve the accuracy of the tax roll on an annual basis.

2. Improve communication, especially to make sure senior citizens are receiving the exemptions they're entitled to, and improve communication with other city agencies.

3. Formalized education of employees to improve efficiency of the office and ensure competency.

WILLIAM KING

-- Age: 45

-- Occupation: Meter technician and technical trainer for JEA and chief property appraiser for Home Options Inc.

-- Education: Associate's degree in electronic technology, Florida Community College at Jacksonville; associate's degree in military management, FCCJ.

-- Family: Wife, Vickie

-- Political party: Democrat

-- Political experience: None

-- Top three priorities and how to address them: 1. Improve communication between the office and taxpayers, including installing a hot line, if money allows, to answer the public's questions.

2. Increase training of employees to improve accuracy of the property tax roll and make sure all employees are licensed by the state.

3. Make the office more responsible to the people, making sure employees are being conservative with money and time. …

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