Leon County Property Appraiser Akin Akinyemi, PhD, RA, CFA, CMS, was recently installed as President of the Florida Association of Property Appraisers (FAPA) during its annual conference in Daytona Beach.
Dr. Akinyemi has been an active member of FAPA since taking office in 2017 and has served in numerous leadership roles. As vice president this past year, he chaired the organization’s legislative committee, which included the largest class of former legislators now serving as elected property appraisers.
“I am humbled by the trust my colleagues have placed in me and I thank outgoing president Dorothy Jacks for her exceptional service. I’m looking forward to a productive 2022 legislative session,” Akinyemi said. “Our association allows us to share our unique knowledge and to stay abreast of changes in our industry.”
Dr. Akinyemi will serve alongside other 2021-2022 officers and directors, including Citrus County Property Appraiser Cregg Dalton as President-elect, Broward County Property Appraiser Marty Kiar as Secretary, Lake County Property Appraiser Carey Baker as Treasurer, and Alachua County Property Appraiser Ayesha Solomon as Sergeant-at-Arms.
FAPA is a statewide professional organization comprised of locally elected county property appraisers and staff, with a mission of promoting fair and equitable ad valorem tax assessments. FAPA members are committed to upholding the highest professional standards in the real estate assessment industry. In addition, members actively work with the Florida Legislature by providing technical assistance and advice in drafting legislation.
FAPA members advocate for legislation that provides real benefits to taxpayers, including the recently passed Low-Income Senior Exemption Automatic Renewal, which Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law earlier this year. The new law removes an annual filing requirement, minimizing the chance of seniors losing this valuable exemption and reducing administrative costs for property appraisers.