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June 3 – Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Candidates

On June 3rd, Tampa Tiger Bay Club will begin a sprint to November with the first if it’s bi-weekly meetings! At 11:30 a.m. at the Cuban Club (2010 N. Avenida de Republica de Cuba, Tampa, FL 33605), we welcome into the Tigers’ Den the candidates for Hillsborough County Property Appraiser. Usually, this is not a sexy race. However, this year, incumbent Bob Henriquez faces stiff competition from challenger Todd Jones. You don’t want to miss this exciting event. RSVP today!

Bob Henriquez

Bob Henriquez

Incumbent Bob “Coach” Henriquez (D) is deeply rooted to the community he serves. A fifth-generation resident of Tampa, Bob was born and raised in that city and his great grandfather, Enrique Henriquez, was the last mayor of West Tampa before it was annexed into the City of Tampa in 1925.

In 1998, Bob followed his ambitions to serve his community when he was elected to the Florida Legislature as a State Representative. There, he developed a reputation as a legislator eager to put aside party politics for the good of his constituents. After four terms in office, Bob was appointed to head up the Pinellas and Pasco counties division of the Department of Children and Families. He served in that role for three years.

Interwoven with Bob’s public service has been his tireless work molding the lives of young men as a football coach. Bob served two stints as head coach at Tampa Catholic, from 1990-99 and again from 2005-2012. In 2007, TC reached the state championship game for the first time in school history and the Crusaders returned to that stage in 2009. During his tenure at TC, Bob’s teams compiled a record of a 128-71, reached the playoffs 13 times and won seven district crowns. Bob also served as an assistant coach at Jefferson High.

After winning the election of Hillsborough County Property Appraiser in 2012, Bob made the decision to step down as head coach at Tampa Catholic in order to focus his energies on the constitutional responsibilities of his office. He now leads a new “team” with his same ambitions: to serve the public with fairness, professionalism and humility.

Bob and his wife, Carrie Henriquez, are the proud parents of their son, Drew Alexander, and their two daughters, Elin Mackenzie and Emma Elizabeth. Bob enjoys time with his family, along with fishing, golf and going to the gym. From http://www.hcpafl.org/Our-Office/Meet-Your-Appraiser

Todd Jones

Todd Jones

Todd Jones has offered wide ranging expertise to homeowners and businesses since 1985. His industry experience is sorely needed in the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser’s office in order to protect taxpayers and create jobs.  Todd’s experience includes:

  • Serving as President of the Florida Association of Property Tax Professionals.
  • Helping homeowners and small businesses fight unfair property taxes.
  • Providing expert testimony and litigation support in property tax matters.
  • Assisting taxpayers with ad valorem property tax counseling and representation.
  • Rendering appraisal review and investment advice for homeowners and businesses.
  • Valuing complex income-producing commercial properties.
  • Developing highest and best use, marketability, and feasibility analyses.
  • Appraising virtually all types of commercial, industrial, residential, and special purpose real estate.
  • Serving on the Advisory Board for UF’s Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies.
  • Working with a diverse group of property owners including individual citizen taxpayers and job creators such as financial institutions, REIT’s, publicly traded companies, and others.

Todd was an inaugural member of the Florida TaxWatch Tax Advisory Council. He regularly addresses the Florida Cabinet, Legislature, and various state agencies on property tax policy and issues impacting taxpayers. In 2011, Todd served on the Florida Governor’s Tangible Personal Property Taskforce. In 2007 and 2012, the Florida legislature sought Todd’s counsel on comprehensive property tax reform legislation.

Todd is a member of The Counselors of Real Estate, holds the MAI and AI-GRS designations from the Appraisal Institute, and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The MAI, CRE, and FRICS designations are the highest designations bestowed by these globally recognized organizations; and acknowledge the member’s professionally recognized expertise in real estate valuation, counseling, investment advice, and policy matters.

Todd is a fourth generation native Hispanic Floridian who has lived in South Tampa with his wife, Joryn, and his daughter, Alexis, for the last 21 years. Todd is a graduate of the University of Florida, and earned an MBA from the University of South Tampa in 1983. From http://toddjones2016.com/meet-todd/