KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) is pleased to announce
that the Saint Lucie County Property Appraiser’s Office in Fort Pierce, FL, is the recipient of the 2021
Distinguished Assessment Jurisdiction Award. The office is led by Property Appraiser Michelle Franklin
who has been a member of IAAO since 2014.
The Distinguished Assessment Jurisdiction Award recognizes an assessment agency that has instituted a
technical, procedural, or administrative program which is an improvement over prior programs in that
jurisdiction and is generally recognized as a component of a model assessment system and a
contributing factor to equity in property taxation. The Saint Lucie County Property Appraiser’s Office
received this award for the Saint Lucie Mobile Assessment Collection Kit project which combined
existing ESRI mobile solutions to create a streamlined, paperless process for field data collection and
subsequent data entry.
The mobile collection project is an enhancement over past processes as the professionals have access to
the full Microsoft office suite, including email, with the iPads. Professionals are able to communicate
with co-professionals via email and the Residential Field Manager via email and/or the application. This
process has enabled the field appraisers to be three times more productive in collecting the new
construction data. Professionals have completed their new construction site visits and data entry in
HALF OF THE TIME, six months rather than twelve.
These advancements earned the county the Distinguished Assessment Jurisdiction Award. This
prestigious award was presented during the IAAO’s 87th Annual International Conference on Assessment
Administration, held Aug. 28 – Sept. 1, 2021, in Chicago.
IAAO’s Awards Program recognizes exceptional achievements in various areas of the valuation
profession. Awards are given in over 20 categories ranging from jurisdictional public information
programs to research on property appraisal and tax administration.
Founded in 1934, IAAO sets the best practice standards for mass appraisal and property tax policy. IAAO
serves more than 8,000 members globally with the world’s premiere assessment library, professional
designations, leading industry publications and other resources. IAAO’s mission is to promote excellence
in property appraisal, assessment administration and property tax policy through innovative
professional development, education, research, and technical assistance. Visit http://www.iaao.org or contact
IAAO at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-701-8100 for information on IAAO, Conference, or the Awards Program