News & Updates

24 August

Serving the public

BY DOROTHY JACKS

In my work at the Property Appraiser’s office, customer service has always been a priority. That’s why I created and developed the Property Appraiser’s Public Access Website (www.pbcgov.org/papa) which provides the public access to appraisal value data ensuring transparency and that our sensitive information is protected. But there is so much more the Property Appraiser’s office provides. When you call with questions, we are here to answer – in 18 ...

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22 August

655,000

BY DOROTHY JACKS

Today the Property Appraiser’s office mailed out 655,000 proposed tax notices to Palm Beach County property owners. Ensuring these assessments are accurate and fair is my top priority - not only for property owners, but also because the values determine the budgets of our local schools, county government, public safety departments and our local cities.  Our school district relies on the funding to educate our kids and our police and fire ...

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19 August

Support Dorothy Jacks for Property Appraiser

BY GARY S. LESSER

________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Friends, My good friend Dorothy Jacks is running for Palm Beach County Property Appraiser. Dorothy is the current Chief Deputy Property Appraiser and the current Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits  has  endorsed Dorothy for this post, and she has also been endorsed by a large number of local leaders and organizations, reflecting broad support in the community. Dorothy has over 27 years of experience with the Property Appraiser’s office ...

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18 August

Dorothy Jacks for Palm Beach County property appraiser | Opinion

BY SUN SENTINEL EDITORIAL BOARD

The Sun Sentinel Editorial Board Endorsement of Dorothy Jacks for Palm Beach County Property Appraiser The most qualified person to be Palm Beach County's next property appraiser is Dorothy Jacks, the chief deputy of six-term Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits. One of the least qualified persons to be Palm Beach County's next property appraiser is her opponent – County Commissioner Shelley Vana. Jacks has worked for the office since 1989. Among ...

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18 August

My 2nd TV Ad

BY DOROTHY JACKS

I’ve always had a thing for numbers. As your current Chief Deputy Property Appraiser, I deal with numbers every day, reviewing statistics regarding our county tax roll, managing the e-file process for Homestead exemption and, this week, checking on the preparation for mailing 630,000 proposed tax notices to be mailed on Monday, August 22nd. Your Property Appraiser is entrusted with valuing over $200 billion in assets for 650,000 property owners ...

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11 August

ICYMI: The Palm Beach Post Backs Jacks for Property Appraiser!

BY DOROTHY JACKS

The Palm Beach Post Backs Jacks for Property Appraiser The Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office typically flies under the political radar for most voters. As it should. The office, though headed by an elected official, is responsible for keeping track of the most valuable asset that most residents and businesspeople may own. The importance of that function cannot be overstated because so much of what drives this county is ...

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01 August

Jacks Facts: A Message from your Current Property Appraiser

BY DOROTHY JACKS

Another in a series of JACKS FACTS to help you learn more about the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s office and why Dorothy Jacks deserves your vote. Why Is Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits Endorsing Dorothy Jacks? When Dorothy Jacks is elected Palm Beach County Property Appraiser, she’ll be filling the shoes of Gary Nikolits, who has headed the office since he was first elected in 1992.  And they are big shoes indeed. Nikolits, who wholeheartedly endorses Jacks, says he has enjoyed every minute of ...

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25 July

What Palm Beach County is Saying About Dorothy Jacks

BY ADMIN

Dorothy Jacks has received endorsements from many community organizations, elected officials, and Property Appraisers across the state for her integrity and public service. She is also receiving endorsements from voters across Palm Beach Countywho value the integrity that she brings to the Property Appraiser’s office. Here is what they are saying in their own words: “Dorothy has the integrity, knowledge, experience, and dedication to work for the citizens of Palm Beach County.  I have worked with Dorothy for twenty years in the Property Appraiser’s ...

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05 July

A Monthly Update from Your Property Appraiser

BY YOUR PROPERTY APPRAISER

  Dear Taxpayer,As July rolls around, summer is in full swing and together as a nation, we commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. This year, while you're enjoying the celebrations, parades, and family gatherings, take a moment to reflect upon this historic day, when we became a free and sovereign country. It's also a good time to remind our Palm Beach County veterans about ...

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16 June

Why I Support Dorothy Jacks

BY COMMISSIONER PAULETTE BURDICK

As a Palm Beach County Commissioner, my office and I work closely with the Property Appraiser’s office. I understand the great need for our two offices to work together efficiently to serve Palm Beach County’s needs. I am supporting Dorothy Jacks for Property Appraiser because she brings over 27 years of experience that will help ensure the Property Appraiser’s office continues to provide the first class service we have come ...

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29 May

South County Democratic Club: PA Debate

BY GEORGE BENNETT

Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits is retiring, but the quadrennial argument about the nature of his job continues. After winning election to the post in 1992, Nikolits fended off a series of challengers — attorney Greg Nicosia in 1996, former state Rep. Richard Machek in 2008, attorney and businessman (and later Boca Raton Councilman) Robert Weinroth in 2012 — who had no background in appraising but argued the ...

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25 May

Jacks, Vana make their pitch

BY WAYNE WASHINGTON

Jacks, Vana make their pitch to be PBC property appraiser Seated side-by-side during a political forum Tuesday night, Shelley Vana and Dorothy Jacks made their pitch to be Palm Beach County’s next property appraiser. Vana, a county commissioner and former state legislator, and Jacks, the chief deputy property appraiser, clashed on what they would bring to the office. Jacks said she understands the technical nuances of the job. Vana said the ...

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23 May

High praise and higher property values

BY WPB NEWS

  If you live in West Palm Beach, your home is probably worth even more than you thought. Dorothy Jacks, Chief Deputy Property Appraiser of Palm Beach County said Monday that while early estimates indicated an 8% increase in West Palm Beach property values, the new numbers are closer to a 10% increase. Jacks revealed the new numbers during a city budget hearing, during which she also called the City of ...

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04 May

Dorothy Elected IAAO VP & 2018 President

BY DOROTHY JACKS CAMPAIGN

Dorothy Jacks has recently been elected Vice President of the International Association of Assessing Officers and will become President in 2018. Why does this matter to us as property owners and taxpayers? Heading the prestigious International Association of Assessing Officers is a major honor for Dorothy Jacks, and a coup for Palm Beach County.  She is the first woman from Florida to hold this office. IAAO is an 80-year-old organization ...

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28 April

Palm Beach County property values

BY JENNIFER SORENTRUE

Palm Beach County property values almost back to 2007 historic high The taxable value of Palm Beach County and its 38 cities and towns grew by 6.7 percent from 2015 to 2016, inching closer to the historic high set in 2007 at the height of the housing boom. Preliminary estimates released by Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits’ office show taxable values grew in each of the county’s cities and towns — ...

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26 April

JACKS FACTS: PROPERTY TAX OVERSIGHT

BY DOROTHY JACKS CAMPAIGN

  Another in a series of JACKS FACTS to help you learn more about the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s office and why Dorothy Jacks deserves your vote. Is there any outside review of the Property Appraiser’s assessment rolls to make sure they are accurate and fair? Yes. Florida Statutes and the Florida Administrative Code spell out strict standards for oversight and approval of county assessment rolls so that taxpayers ...

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13 April

Running the numbers…

BY DOROTHY JACKS

In one way or another, a lot of my work in the Property Appraiser’s office deals with numbers. Adding them, analyzing them or crunching them, numbers are key to ensure fair and accurate assessments. When I look at my campaign, I take the same approach. Elections are about numbers: Every contact we make translates into a vote that could make the difference between winning and losing. So I wanted to ...

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01 April

Monthly Property Appraiser e-Newsletter

BY PALM BEACH COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER

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25 March

The endorsements keep coming

BY TEAM JACKS

More exciting news to report from the Jacks Campaign. Our team continues to grow as additional community and business groups endorse Dorothy Jacks for Property Appraiser. The Palm Beach Board of REALTORS® endorse Dorothy Jacks for Property Appraiser. We are proud to support Dorothy Jacks for Palm Beach County Property Appraiser. Dorothy’s 27 years of experience combined with her vast understanding of Florida’s appraisal laws make her the ideal choice ...

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22 March

Sun Sentinel: New county data puts total value of Boca Raton's homes at $26 billion

BY EMILY MILLER

How does Boca Raton compare to other cities in Palm Beach County? That's the question the county's deputy property appraiser answered during a city council meeting Tuesday. "Boca Raton is a very vibrant and valuable community," Dorothy Jacks said. "Boca Raton is just a wonderful contributor to Palm Beach County. They have a high value, and they continue to grow that value." In 2015, the total value of all homes ...

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17 March

Tangible Personal Property Tax

BY DOROTHY JACKS CAMPAIGN

JACKS FACTS Another in a series of JACKS FACTS to help you learn more about the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s office and why Dorothy Jacks deserves your vote. What is the Tangible Personal Property Tax? Does this apply to me?   The Tangible Personal Property Tax is assessed only on the fair market value of assets used in a business. So if you are not a business owner, you ...

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23 February

Jacks FAQs: Homestead Exemption

BY DOROTHY JACKS

The deadline to file for a 2016 Homestead Exemption is March 1. How do I file? And what are the benefits to me? Florida law allows what is called a “Homestead Exemption” to permanent residents who own residential property. This exemption reduces by $50,000 the assessed value that is used for calculating your property taxes . . . and can result in a tax savings of several hundred dollars. Homeowners ...

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25 January

Major endorsement!

BY DOROTHY JACKS

Great news! The Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches, a 15,000 member organization, has endorsed my campaign for Palm Beach County Property Appraiser. I am honored and excited to have their endorsement. The Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches recognizes the importance of having a Property Appraiser with executive experience who can run the office efficiently and ensure assessments are completed fairly. It’s important for families and residents seeking homeownership ...

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23 December

Season's Greetings!

BY DOROTHY JACKS

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13 December

IAAO Election

BY GEORGE BENNETT - PALM BEACH POST STAFF WRITER

Regardless of the outcome of the 2016 county appraiser’s race, Jacks is in line to become president of the 7,000-member International Association of Assessing Officers in 2018. Jacks recently won the 2016 vice presidency of the group, putting her on track to be president-elect in 2017 and president the following year.

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13 December

Dorothy Jacks Fundraising Lead

BY GEORGE BENNETT - PALM BEACH POST STAFF WRITER

Chief Deputy Property Appraiser Dorothy Jacks continues to hold a fundraising edge over Palm Beach County Commissioner Shelley Vana in the race to replace retiring Appraiser Gary Nikolits. Reports filed last week show Jacks raised $94,530 through Nov. 30 while Vana raised $73,765.

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02 December

What the Property Appraiser does for you

BY DOROTHY JACKS

What does the Property Appraiser’s office do for you?   If you are buying or selling residential or business property in Palm Beach County – or even just browsing to see what things cost and compare values – the Property Appraiser’s office is your virtual one-stop shop. Just access the Property Appraiser’s website - www.pbcgov.com/papa/ - and you will find a wealth of information to help you: · Search property ...

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25 October

Dorothy receives more endorsements

BY GEORGE BENNETT

By George Bennett - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer State Sen. Jeff Clemens of Atlantis is a liberal Democrat, but he likes having conservative Republican state Sen. Joe Negron of Stuart in Palm Beach County’s legislative delegation. But it looks like Negron’s Senate district will shed its Palm Beach County constituents under a court-ordered redistricting plan making its way through Tallahassee. The new plan leaves Palm Beach County with three ...

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21 October

Tax Collector Anne Gannon Endorsement

BY ANNE GANNON

As Palm Beach County’s Constitutional Tax Collector, I know what it takes to run a large complex operation. I am supporting Dorothy Jacks because I believe her knowledge of how properties are appraised is critically important to all Palm Beach County property owners. Dorothy has served as Chief Deputy in the Property Appraiser’s office for a number of years and has the executive leadership experience needed to be our next ...

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08 October

Campaign Kick-Off. Come Join Us!

BY DOROTHY JACKS

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25 September

Two Major Endorsements!

BY DOROTHY JACKS

More good news: Palm Beach County Commissioners Paulette Burdick and Priscilla Taylor join Team Jacks in endorsing Dorothy Jacks for Property Appraiser. “I am honored to receive the support of County Commissioners Paulette Burdick and Priscilla Taylor, whose records of public service demonstrates their commitment to Palm Beach County families. This is a commitment that I share. As Chief Deputy Property Appraiser, I work hand-in-hand with County Commissioners to make ...

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15 September

JACKS FAQS

BY DOROTHY JACKS

This is the second of a series of JACKS FAQS to help you learn more about the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s office and why your vote is so important. Why does it matter who we elect as Property Appraiser? Voters countywide have the opportunity to elect a Property Appraiser every four years. The office is nonpartisan, which means that candidates do not run with a party label or on ...

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26 August

Up and Running

BY DOROTHY JACKS

It has been an incredible first couple months in my campaign for Palm Beach County Property Appraiser. We are off to a great start. My campaign website - www.DorothyJacks.com – is now up and running. Go on and take a look. On the website you can learn more about my 26 year record of experience with the Property Appraiser office, more about what the Property Appraiser does for the community ...

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21 August

Property Tax Notices to Property Owners

BY DOROTHY JACKS

I just finished my day at the Property Appraiser’s office. Today we mailed over 630,000 property tax notices to property owners across the county. This is no small feat! The Property Appraiser’s office values each property, applies exemptions and tax caps and then works with the County, School District, each municipality and all the special taxing districts on their proposed millage rates for the year. Taxpayers now have an opportunity ...

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12 August

Dorothy takes Early Money Lead

BY GEORGE BENNETT

Palm Beach County Mayor Shelley Vana brings considerable political and fundraising connections to her 2016 campaign for property appraiser. But after her first two months as a candidate, Vana is trailing Dorothy Jacks — an appraiser’s office veteran but a political rookie — in the race for campaign contributions. Vana, a former teachers union president and state House member who opened her campaign June 8, raised $7,350 in June and ...

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07 August

Thank You

BY DOROTHY JACKS

Hi, I met with my campaign treasurer this week and was told we hit our fundraising goal for July, bringing our total raised to $50,350. I could not have done it without you and countless others who are owning a piece of this campaign. Thanks for all you are doing. Dorothy Jacks Join the conversation on Facebook

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12 July

Great discussion with Board of Realtors

BY DOROTHY JACKS

  Great morning with Brian Edwards from Gulfstream Goodwill Industries and Clive Stuart-Findlay from the Palm Beach Board of Realtors during a recent presentation I made at the Board Offices. Excellent questions and good conversation. Thanks for having me. - Dorothy Jacks

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11 July

Dorothy Jacks Appointed

BY PALM BEACH POST

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29 June

Palm Beach County property values up

BY ELIOT KLEINBERG

  June 29, 2015 WEST PALM BEACH — Taxable property values in Palm Beach County and all its cities jumped nearly 10 percent this year over last, exceeding the $150 billion mark for the first time since 2008, according to figures released Friday by the county property appraiser’s office. Overall, Palm Beach County’s value as of Jan. 1 was $152.6 billion, 9.7 percent over the value on Jan. 1, 2014. ...

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10 June

Finance Officers Association Meeting

BY DOROTHY JACKS

It was an honor to serve as the keynote speaker at the Florida Government Finance Officers Association - Palm Beach Chapter Installation Luncheon, congrats to outgoing President Darlene Malaney and incoming President Allison Teslia. - Dorothy Jacks

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07 May

Nikolits stepping aside, backing Jacks

BY ANDY REID, SUN SENTINEL

Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits doesn’t plan to run again for the post he has held for 22 years. Nikolits, 65, in a memo to his employees on Tuesday announced that he wouldn’t seek another four-year term. Instead, he’s backing his second-in-command, Chief Deputy Property Appraiser Dorothy Jacks, in the 2016 election. "It has been my sincere honor to have had the opportunity to serve the taxpayers of ...

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06 May

Gary Nikolits to retire; deputy files

BY ELIOT KLEINBERG

May 6, 2015 WEST PALM BEACH — Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits is retiring after nearly a quarter century at the post. And his longtime deputy, Dorothy Jacks, has filed to replace him. Nikolits, 65, told his staff Tuesday he will not seek a seventh term in the Aug. 30, 2016, election; his last day is Jan. 2, 2017. Nikolits declined Wednesday to comment to The Palm Beach ...

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06 May

Dorothy Jacks Files for Property Appraiser

BY DOROTHY JACKS

Dorothy Jacks, Chief Deputy Property Appraiser, Files Intent to Run for Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Palm Beach County, FL – On Wednesday, May 6, Dorothy Jacks, Chief Deputy Property Appraiser, announced that she has begun a campaign for Property Appraiser of Palm Beach County.  Gary Nikolits, who holds the office now, released a statement on Tuesday indicating he will retire at the end of his current term. The election ...

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