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This marks the first time in 16 years that Pasco voters will choose a property appraiser. Mike Wells, who won the office in 1996, had never faced a re-election challenge. He fended off private appraiser Walter Price in the August GOP primary. Now he faces another first-time candidate, Democrat Allison Newlon, a real estate agent. Lisa Buie, Times staff writer

Mike Wells, 65

Pasco County property appraiser

Allison Newlon, 42

Real estate agent and broker

A former Army drill instructor, Wells grew up in Pinellas County. He served on the Pasco County Commission from 1984 to 1992 and championed a bond issue that established many of the county's parks and libraries. He ran for property appraiser in 1996 when the incumbent retired. He is a certified Florida property appraiser and a licensed real estate broker.Experience A native of Orlando, Newlon came to Pasco as a student at Saint Leo University. She is a real estate broker and owner of Platinum Properties of Pasco LLC since 2010. She worked from 2001 to 2010 as a real estate sales associate/broker associate with Century 21 and Coldwell Banker. She was a customer service representative for USAA Insurance from 1997 to 2000. Before that, she worked as a buyer and inventory manager for retail stores. She is a member of several trade organizations and a charter member of the San Antonio Rotary Club.
Degree from St. Petersburg Junior College. He studied marketing at the University of South Florida but left in his junior year to support his newborn son.EducationBachelor's degree from Saint Leo University, specializing in management and marketing.
Wells says he can use his knowledge of the county with his expertise as a certified property appraiser to ensure an accurate and fair tax roll. He won't allow appraisals to be made from aerial photos and stays on a 2 1/2-year appraisal cycle, even though the law allows five years between reappraisals.Why should voters choose you as property appraiser? Newlon says property owners are not getting enough services and information online and residents need opportunities to interact with the property appraiser's staff personally to get help with complicated forms and questions they may have. She says the incumbent has become too complacent.
Wells says he plans to continue exploring new technology to improve efficiency and save money as well as make more records accessible. He points out that staffing levels are about half of what they were 25 years ago due to technological advances. He says he would push for a law allowing truth in millage notices to be emailed to property owners who request it, and he says he would continue to return unspent money to the county.What do you plan to accomplish if you are elected?Newlon says she wants to do more outreach at local libraries and community centers so the public can get help and ask questions. She also says she would update the website and make it easier for users to track multiple years of assessed values. In addition, she would like to make it possible for people to file tangible personal property returns online.
House, camper, cash, stocks, state retirement accountAssetsHouse, savings accounts, mutual fund, IRA
Mortgage, loans, alimonyLiabilitiesMortgage and loans
Property appraiser salary, military benefitsIncomeCommissions and fees from her real estate business
Married to Debbie Wells; two children, five grandchildrenPersonalMarried to Tim Newlon, mayor of San Antonio; four children Website

About the job: The property appraiser determines the taxable value of land and buildings throughout Pasco County to produce a tax roll for the County Commission and other elected bodies to set budgets. The property appraiser oversees a budget of $4.1 million and has a staff of 50. The appraiser serves a four-year term and is paid $137,796 a year.

Pasco County property appraiser: Allison Newlon (D), Mike Wells (R)

This marks the first time in 16 years that Pasco voters will choose a property appraiser. Mike Wells, who won the office in 1996, had never faced a re-election challenge. He fended off private appraiser Walter Price in the August GOP primary. Now he faces another first-time candidate, Democrat Allison Newlon, a real estate agent.

Pasco County property appraiser: Allison Newlon (D), Mike Wells (R) 10/17/12 [Last modified: Thursday, October 18, 2012 11:21am]
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