Annual Report/About SCPA
I am both pleased and honored in having been chosen to serve the citizens of Sarasota County as Property Appraiser. My staff and I hold a strong conviction to promote transparency in all our endeavors and are pleased to share the standards we strive to uphold.
Bill Furst, Sarasota County Property Appraiser
To prepare an assessment roll that is accurate and meets all legal requirements while advocating for fairness and equity in developing values for real and personal property within Sarasota County and administering exemptions to the best of our ability.
To excel at serving the public effectively and courteously.
We hold ourselves to the highest standards of respect, honesty and openness. We hold ourselves accountable to the taxpayers and strive to merit their trust. We are diligent stewards of the taxpayers’ interests. We consider courtesy, fairness, transparency and citizen advocacy to be our guiding principles and practices. We pledge to uphold the ‘11 Commandments for the Public Servant’:
- Taxpayers are the most important people in the community.
- Taxpayers are not dependent on us; we are dependent upon them.
- Taxpayers are not an interruption of work; they are the purpose of our work.
- Taxpayers do us a favor when they call or come into the office. We are not doing them a favor by waiting on them.
- Taxpayers are part of our work; they are not outsiders.
- Taxpayers are not cold statistics. They are flesh and blood. They are human beings with feelings and emotions just like us.
- Taxpayers are not people to argue with, match wits with or ridicule.
- Taxpayers are people who need our assistance and it is our job to provide professional quality service.
- Taxpayers are deserving of the most courteous and attentive treatment that we can give them.
- Taxpayers are the people who make it possible for our salary to be paid.
- Taxpayers are a vital part of this government and every decision undertaken.
Property Owner Bill of Rights
This Bill of Rights does not represent all of your rights under Florida law regarding your property and should not be viewed as a comprehensive guide to property rights. This information does not create a civil cause of action and neither expands nor limits any rights or remedies provided under any other law. It does not replace the need to seek legal advice in matters relating to property law. Laws relating to your rights are found in the State Constitution, Florida Statutes, local ordinances, and court decisions. Your rights and protections include:
- The right to acquire, possess, and protect your property.
- The right to use and enjoy your property.
- The right to exclude others from your property.
- The right to dispose of your property.
- The right to due process.
- The right to just compensation for property taken for a public purpose.
- The right to relief, or payment of compensation, when a new law, rule, regulation, or ordinance of the state or a political entity unfairly affects your property.