From the Orange County Property Appraiser’s Office
Through an array of cost-containment processes and scrupulous financial management, the Orange County Property Appraiser’s Office (OCPA) will return more than $1.87 million to Orange County. Most of the money – some $1.43 million – was saved through expert oversight and stewardship of operating funds. Now in his sixth year as Property Appraiser, Rick Singh, CFA, further announced today that under his leadership, OCPA has returned an average of $1 million per year to Orange County. This year’s total is the largest amount ever returned in a single year.
“I am extremely proud to announce this number to the community,” said Singh. “We run a tight ship at OCPA and carefully manage our resources. Returning these funds to Orange County is just another indication that my staff and I take our responsibilities very seriously and fully recognize that we serve the citizens and taxpayers.”
On top of the $1.43 million savings in operating expenses, OCPA experienced a reduction in legal expenses – 27% less than in 2018 – saving an additional $441,000. Also, Singh’s office generated $447,000 from services and fees. OCPA provides mapping and data information and collects administrative fees from area municipalities and select special taxing districts.
Since Singh took office in 2013, the office has also received high marks every year during annual, independent audits. Moreover, even while carefully managing expenses and saving taxpayers money, the office continues to have the highest assessment accuracy rating from the Department of Revenue for comparably sized counties in Florida. In addition, the office’s success rate for defending its property values at the Value Assessment Board – where property owners can contest their assessments – is 99.9%.
Continued Singh, “Through continued use of best practices in talent, training, and technology, we are constantly seeking ways to work smarter and more efficiently. We have a duty to protect the taxpayers’ interest within budgeted constraints, and I am proud that we meet and exceed those expectations every year.”
The Orange County Property Appraiser’s office (OCPA) provides a fair and equitable tax roll, remarkable service and superior professionalism. The office also assists taxpayers with applying for homestead and other exemptions as well as understanding their Truth-In-Millage (TRIM) Notices each year. Under Rick Singh’s leadership, OCPA has returned more than $1 billion in value to the tax roll through compliance initiatives. An award-winning agency, OCPA was recognized in 2019 with a Gold Stevie® Award and Customer Service Team of the Year by the American Business Awards®, and by the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) with its prestigious “Certificate of Excellence in Assessment,” earned by less than 1% of assessment authorities. The Agency has also been honored by the Center for Digital Government with a 2018 “Digital Government Experience” Award citing its effective online strategies for meeting constituent needs.