Dubov launches Pinellas re-election bid
Pinellas County Property Appraiser Pam Dubov filed to run for re-election Monday, seeking a second term against, so far, nobody. Dubov has run the office after succeeding Jim Smith, who didn't seek re-election after a 2007 land purchase scandal with the county.
Dubov, a Republican, recently received recognition for the office's work. From a news release:
"International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) is pleased to announce that the Pinellas County Property Appraiser’s office has received the Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration. Including Pinellas, only 10 assessment jurisdictions in the world have received this certificate."
"IAAO’s Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration recognizes governmental units and individuals involved with assessment that integrate best practices in the workplace. This challenging and rigorous program is a self-conducted evaluation of adherence to specific, accepted assessment administration and appraisal standards as defined in the IAAO publication Assessment Practices: Self-Evaluation Guide.
"The office embarked on the “Excellence Project” in November of 2010. They focused on the ability to provide excellent customer service and to produce a tax roll that reflects the realities of the real estate market while meeting the requirements of Florida’s very complex property tax system. The analysis touched on every facet of office performance including appraisal methodologies, exemption administration, public information and education programs. Also reviewed were vital elements of processes that the public doesn’t usually see, like sales ratio studies, computerization, mapping, sales qualification, budgeting, and staffing.
“This process not only helped us identify the practices that meet or exceed industry standards; it has also served as a valuable learning tool,” says Pinellas County Property Appraiser Pam Dubov. “We found new and better ways to accomplish tasks, identified areas in which we could improve, and abandoned practices that were out-of-date. We refocused our mission, vision and values statements to better align with our obligations to our customers, and to make certain they accurately reflect what we set out to accomplish every single day. I’m proud that our staff and managers have been formally recognized for the quality of work performed here in Pinellas County every day.”