Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Congratulations to Pedro J. Garcia who has been elected Miami-Dade Property Appraiser.

Pedro J. Garcia was elected Miami-Dade Property Appraiser by a wide margin, as voters favored the veteran professional over Eduardo “Eddy” González, a term-limited state representative from Hialeah with no experience appraising property.

At age 77, Garcia returns to the job he held from 2009 through 2012 when he narrowly lost his bid for re-election.

Pedro Garcia
González, 44, with some $431,000 in campaign funding — more than twice the $197,000 raised by Garcia — campaigned vigorously on the theme that he would make the appraiser’s office more accessible to property owners.

During the campaign, Garcia, with more than 38 years of real estate appraising, dismissed his opponent as a “professional politician,” more interested in finding a soft landing in the face of term limits in the Florida Legislature than in the intricacies of running a large county office tasked with assessing real estate values for tax purposes.

Garcia campaigned on a theme that he wants to “finish the job” he started during his first term and to establish the correct values for properties.

That pledge comes as the appraiser’s office has faced a mountain of assessment appeals filed with the Value Adjustment Board — many of which prevail — raising doubt about the accuracy of county appraisals.

Garcia, owner of Exclusive Realty Corp., a Miami appraisal firm, drew support from the PBA. He also had backing from property-tax consultants, who make a living by appealing property assessments to the VAB and an endorsement from the Miami Association of Realtors, among others.

In conceding, González said, “I’m very excited at the opportunity to have run in an countywide race. I look forward to the opportunity to look at a future run countywide — either for this office or another office.’’

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