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Walter Price Seeks to Shake Things Up as Pasco Property Appraiser

If elected, he says he plans "to deliver new ideas to people by meeting with them face-to-face, via website, webinars and utilizing social media."

Walter Price is running for Pasco County property appraiser—the first opponent Mike Wells has had to face in 15 years. Patch recently caught up with Price to find out what makes him tick.

Q: Who is Walter Price?  What do you want Pasco voters to know about you?

A: I am married to my wife Cynthia and have two boys Caleb and Ethan. I am a
born and raised Floridian. I have been coming to Pasco County my entire life as I
have had relatives living here since the sixties. I am currently a certified real
estate appraiser with over 7 years of experience in commercial and residential
appraising. What I would like the citizens to know about me is that I am not just
another politician running for office. I am a citizen running for office. I want the
residents of the county to know that I only have their interests in mind and no one else’s. I want the citizens to know that if I’m privileged enough to receive their vote and ultimately become their employee, I will serve them with the utmost honor, respect and most importantly integrity.

Q: How has your background prepared you to effectively fulfill the duties of county property appraiser?

A: Due to my extensive experience in appraising all types of properties both
commercial and residential, throughout Pasco County over the years, I have been fortunate enough to experience three different markets (Stable, Increasing and Declining). Most real estate professionals have to wait 20 years to experience a cycle of which we have seen recently.

Q: What is your assessment of current Pasco County property values?

A: Currently the county is still seeing a decline in values. The supply in the county is very high including the vacant land which has a supply of anywhere between 6-ll years, depending on the size of the lot. Overall, according to MLS data the county dropped roughly 20 percent in its median sales price from 2010 to 2011.

Another concern is the amount of distress activity this county is seeing. Almost
50 percent of the current listings and sales that are occurring in this county are either real estate owned/bank owned or short sales. With continual concern about unemployment and the upcoming elections I don’t see a sudden turnaround in values until employment fixes itself. As a side note, Pasco County’s unemployment rate about a month ago was 1l.7 percent, compared to the national unemployment rate of 8.6 percent and the state of Florida having an unemployment rate of l0 percent.

Q:You are Mike Wells' first opponent in 15 years. What needs changing?

A:The fact that I am the first opponent in 15 years should raise questions alone. We live in the United States of America where we should be having elections where the people get to choose and not have somebody unopposed year after year. As far as changing things I am very concerned about the methods used to determine assessed values and what channels are being utilized to collect the necessary data to determine those assessed values.

Q: Your campaign website says that you will “Bring new ideas and fresh technology to the county and its residents.” Can you give a couple of examples?

A: Technology has changed the way we communicate and more importantly it has changed human behavior. People are looking for information when, where and how they want to receive it. Whether it’s a face-to-face meeting, a website,
webinar or via social media channels.

I plan to deliver new ideas to people by meeting with them face-to-face, via
website, webinars and utilizing social media. Technology is a tool, it has changed
how people communicate and I believe it is incumbent upon me to make it easy
for the people of Pasco to know what is impacting their single largest investment: their home or business.

For more information, including Price's resume, visit his campaign website.

Rene Van Hout January 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM
I have been a supporter of Walter Price ever sincethe day I met him. I keep a stack of Candidate Petition cards with me at all times. If you see me out and about and haven't signed one, ask me for one!!! On voting day remember 'Price Is Right'!
Brian Hope January 20, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Walter Price is one of the most genuine and hard working person I have ever met. Pasco County would be lucky to have him in office.
Don Stephenson January 20, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I can confirm, Walter meant every word he said in that article. He's a genuine and trustworthy guy, highly competent with a servant's heart.
lonnie January 20, 2012 at 04:20 PM
what can I say that has not been said..he wants to work for the people not just get a pay check..we need this in this county..lets put someone new in this seat of power..its time for a change..
Jeff Cannon January 20, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Does anyone know if Mr. Walter Price is related to Malissa Price, who lived in eastern Pasco?
Vikki January 21, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I have known Walter Price now for over 4 years and would like to share that he has enlighteded me with some of the issues that need addressed in the appraisals of homes and land. We need real values if we want balance in the County. I know that he researches constantly, he keeps me up to date with the current economy, which I am grateful as I am much older and do not have the skills that he has. He has so much abition and energy that when around him I feel more energized and more in tune! Please vote for Walter Price, because this Price is Right for our county! Vikki

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