Rick Singh is the first state certified appraiser to ever be elected as the Orange County Florida Property Appraiser. Almost 20 years ago, Singh became a field appraiser for OCPA where he worked his way up through the ranks of the agency, and in 1999 he became a State-Certified Residential Appraiser. The hands-on experience he gained proved invaluable as he now oversees the operations and growth of this busy office.
One of Singh’s first priorities after being sworn in on January 13, 2013, was to ensure efficiency. Using the integration of new technologies and innovations, property appraisal assessments are now more accurate. Thanks to mobile technology, real-time property assessment is done more quickly and efficiently in the field.
During Singh’s first year in office, OCPA returned more than $51 million to the Orange County tax base by vigorously pursuing fraudulent claims through improved compliance investigation work. Between Homestead fraud and Tangible Personal Property audits, more than $550 million dollars has been given back to Orange County taxpayers as of July 2016. That number continues to grow.
His vision to make OCPA more customer-focused and user-friendly is also evident. Delivering essential services faster, increasing efficiency to save taxpayers money, and electronically updating maps and records are among the many improvements the office has undertaken. Singh values full transparency, citizen feedback and has adopted an open-door policy. This all means better service delivered at lower costs to residents of Orange County.
Singh is both a licensed Real Estate Broker and a State-Certified Residential Appraiser with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and his extensive experience in real estate, government and civic activities is a perfect fit for his duties as Orange County Property Appraiser. During his early years with OCPA, he assessed thousands of properties and defended the office’s position on assessments at the Value Adjustment Board.