County Property Appraiser
Nonpartisan (all voters vote)

Dorothy Jacks

  • Marital Status: Married
  • Education: Bachelor's degree
  • BA, Political Science, University of Florida
    • Recent Job: Chief Deputy Property Appraiser, 2012-2016
  • Chief Deputy Property Appraiser, 2012-2016
  • Assistant Property Appraiser, 2004-2012
  • Director, 1996-2004
  • Tax Roll Coordinator, 1989-1996
  • Contributions reported

    Last updated: Aug. 23, 2016. Details.

    Previous races

    This candidate has not previously run for office.

    Other Political Experience

  • Ethics Partnership Council, Palm Beach State College
  • Womens Foundation of Palm Beach County
  • Friends of the Mandel Public Library Board, immediate Past President
  • Do you think Palm Beach County voters should approve the penny-per-dollar sales tax increase?
    I do not think it is proper for me to advocate for or against an issue which does not directly impact the duties and responsibilities of the Property Appraiser’s office. I am glad the voters get a chance to make a decision on this in November.
    Do you plan to publicly comment on local governments’ tax rates as outgoing appraiser Gary Nikolits has?
    As your next Palm Beach County Property Appraiser, I will continue to draw attention to local tax rates to educate the public and other taxing district leaders. I don’t believe in criticizing, but believe it is important to provide information to taxpayers about tax rates in their county or municipality.
    Will you track down and penalize firms that file appraisal appeals, then withdraw the appeal but keep the fees they charge clients?
    As Property Appraiser, I will work to eliminate fraud, waste and abuse of the appraisal appeals system. The Value Adjustment Board (VAB) is an appointed body which oversees the appraisal appeals process. I would ensure a procedure is put in place to track appeals filings and if firms appeared to be trying to “game” the system, I would report them to the VAB and to the State Attorney for investigation and possible prosecution if warranted.
    The Save Our Homes law gives a tax break to longtime homesteaders but shifts more tax burden to non-homestead owners. Should it be changed?
    I oversaw the implementation of Save Our Homes 21 years ago and subsequently oversaw the implementation of the 10-cap on non-Homesteaded properties. Save our Homes has proven to be a long-term benefit to homeowners. Any modification to Save our Homes would require a legislative review and a constitutional amendment approved by 60% of voters.
    Should the method of appraisal used be changed from one based on “highest and best use” of a property to one applying other factors?
    The Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s office relies on the highest and best use of property as one of the many considerations it takes when valuing property. The other considerations include the present cash value of the property, the location of the property, the quantity and size of the property, the cost and replacement value of the property, the condition of the property and the net proceeds of the sale of the property. The current appraisal method for properties is a state-wide standard that must be followed. As your Property Appraiser, I will follow state laws and standards.

    Competitors for this race

    Shelley Vana

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