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"As Pinellas County Property Appraiser, I will never give up the fight to protect our tax dollars and stand up for local homeowners and businesses. Pinellas County is one of the greatest places to raise a family and do business in the state of Florida, and I want to keep it that way."

Meet Mike

 

Mike was sworn into office on January 3, 2017 as the Pinellas County Property Appraiser. Prior to being elected he was a senior managing director and principal of a successful residential and commercial appraisal firm based in Pinellas County.

Mike is a lifelong resident of Pinellas County. After graduation from Largo High School he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Florida in 1989, where he majored in Real Estate & Urban Analysis. He subsequently received his Florida Real Estate Broker’s license, State-Certified General Real Estate Appraisal certification, was awarded the MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute and received the Certified Florida Appraiser designation from the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mike has over 30 years of experience in the valuation of a wide variety of property types within Pinellas County and is a former Director of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. He has qualified as an expert witness in five area counties relating to real estate valuation matters and has substantial experience in evaluating and solving difficult valuation assignments. He has also been involved in real estate technology throughout his career. He served as a key member of a technology taskforce formed to tackle difficult real-world issues surrounding the design, maintenance and deployment of appraisal report templates on a national scale.

Mike presently serves as chair of the Enterprise GIS (eGIS) Steering Committee and as vice chair of both the Human Rights and Business Technology Services (BTS) boards within Pinellas County government. In addition, he serves as a member of the Legislative and Damage Assessment Committees for the Property Appraiser’s Association of Florida (PAAF) and as Chairman of PAAF’s Florida Flood Impact Committee, which tracks National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) legislative activity and potential value impacts due to rising premiums.

Mike’s personal life is defined by his love of family, friends and music. He has a musical family with both of his sons and himself being musicians and playing different instruments (guitar, piano, percussion, bassoon and vocals). Mike is also an avid sportsman (boating, fishing and scuba diving) and is a licensed private pilot. Mike resides with his wife Michele and their two sons in the Largo area.

Mike also lends his time and talents to many charitable causes and has been active in the community as a youth coach at West Pinellas Little League, the City of Largo and the Town of Belleair.

Accomplishments

  • Legislative catalyst for 3-Year Save-Our-Homes Benefit Portability, which is Amendment 5 on the November 2020 ballot
  • Successfully educated and advocated for the renewal of the 10% Non-Homestead cap in 2018 to protect businesses, renters and second-home owners
  • Awarded 2020 Member of the Year by the Florida Chapter of the International Association of Assessing Officers (FCIAAO)
  • Enacted process improvements throughout all office departments to gain efficiency through innovation
  • Returned $1.5+ million from budget to taxing authorities over first 3 years
  • Increased education and outreach via speaking engagements, hosted events and publications
  • Led development of the most effective Tax & Portability Estimator in the state to assist new buyers
  • Led development of the 3rd homestead exemption web calculator to provide property owners statewide with a transparency tool for Amendment 1 in 2018. This was a first of its kind statewide effort.
  • Founder and Chair of the Florida Flood Impact Committee with the Property Appraisers' Association of Florida (PAAF) - created to fight for the fair treatment of Florida property owners within the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

 

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