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I am confused but...[edit]

I am confused but if my thinking for what this was created for is correct, it seems like a good idea. It may just need a little more explanation as to is purpose is all.--Canoe1967 (talk) 07:44, 12 March 2012 (UTC)

I am setting it up so editors will be able to actually see it in operation rather than having to explain it. A picture says a thousand words and all that. I am in the process of having a template made. Once that is done the operation of it can be demonstrated. -- Alan Liefting (talk - contribs) 08:05, 12 March 2012 (UTC)
Starting to understand. I just added bold to a few words. You may wish to revert/edit/etc.--Canoe1967 (talk) 08:11, 12 March 2012 (UTC)
Those changes are good. -- Alan Liefting (talk - contribs) 08:17, 12 March 2012 (UTC)

Use of PLAY on two words within Wiki[edit]

Unfortunately, I am unskilled in the art editing Wikipedia. I also do not hold advanced knowledge of the proper definitions and terms used to interact within the wonderful world of Wikipedia. I humbly ask that a person with more Wiki skill / knowledge read the following and take up the cause to differentiate between a misrepresented play on two words. The flaw contained within this particular Wiki reference was (it appears) initiated and created by an auto bot / spider relying on meta tags of description / key words. A real person of character, common sense and reasoning needs to contest this reference by editing it (within Wiki) in the correct manner. That person who takes up this cause will be assisting / helping to define the true definition of employment for over 100,000 (actual people) appraisers across the United States.

May we start with the Wiki Link:

Then continue to the definition(s) of (and play-on) two particular words (assessor) vs. (appraiser)

(def) assessor: 1-The head of an assessment agency: sometimes used collectively to refer to all administrators of the assessment function. 2-One who discovers, lists, and values real property for ad valorem taxation.

(def) appraiser: One who is expected to perform valuation services (typically on a fee basis) competently and in a manner that is independent, impartial and objective.


OBJECTTION to Wiki Reference: The person described in the Wiki reference has held a long-term political office in Brevard County, FL. (This appointment has a very good chance of changing in the upcoming election (fall of 2012). For ongoing years, with the help of the manifestation of / improvements of the internet, the continued mis-use / misrepresentation of the word appraiser has been used as a public relations prop to downplay political exposure and a supposition of integrity. This misrepresentation by the tax assessor (actually calling himself an appraiser) allows political gain and helps to remove the negative edge from and desensitizes the stigma and reputation that tax assessors / collectors have had since the Holy Bible was written. [2]

Officially, the specific office held is a locally elected office under Florida Statues provided by The Florida Legislature through The Florida Department of Revenue (governing body). In Florida there are some 67 counties, each with its own tax assessor. In contrast, by definition & distinction, there are some 1000-3000+/- appraisers for every tax assessor across the U.S. Over the years, the tax assessor in Brevard County, FL has very effectively blurred and amplified the use of the <word> (appraiser) and effectively incorporated the <word> (appraiser) into a personal (office) advantage. The continuation of this misrepresentation allows convoluted confusion to the average reader / user attempting to differentiate definitions between an assessor and an appraiser.

This may lead to a false perception / understanding (mislead the reader / user), allowing the office of the tax assessor to hold a condescending position over any / all fee appraisers in a conjectural manner. The tax assessor is not the chief nor the head appraiser within any use of, or stretch of the term.

Please refer to another Wiki reference which explains an appraiser responsibility in much greater detail.

In reality, tax assessing is a science evolving around advanced / improved computer (mathematical / statistical) technology to assign a tax(able) value to each and every tax(ed) parcel of real estate. All tax assessment activity is dictated by the individual (states) departments of revenue. In other words, the focus is revenue.

In contrast, appraising is an art, officially utilizing at least one of three valuation techniques, typically arriving at / estimating a value based on real time (real estate) market fluxuations. An appraiser considers a value by drilling deep into the individual facts / documentation / support of an individual property and should most certainly (under moral guidelines) consider if the market is currently being driven by liquidation type sales vs. arms length transactions (a notating of the (real time data generated - up / down curvature (fluxuations) within the marketplace). An appraiser also considers many other opposite aspects / idiosyncrasies of the subject property in contrast to a tax assessors intent dictated by taxation authority.

Differentiating between definition / intent and purpose is very important because as mentioned, the tax assessor (formally submits) to a department of revenue, the tax appraiser submits to the Uniformed Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). [3]

A (fee) appraiser changes perspective 365 days a year vs. the tax assessor bases annual tax valuation on one day a year (Jan 1st). As is evident, valuation for taxation purposes is for a different reason and intent than valuation based on a current data processing within the real estate marketplace.

Once again, the author humbly requests that the reader of this explanation, please consider the mental task and this on-point distinction (a brief version of the essential meaning of something) and the corresponding distinction (between these 2 words).

It is respectfully requested that such distinction and conclusion be made to correct the Wiki reference referred to, or such reference should be stricken from online publication. A much more defined definition needs to be in place to adequately inform the reader / user.

Thank You (whoever you are) in advance for your time / effort / consideration and research into this politically contrived deviation. Your mental awareness is appreciated and respected by accepting the mental challenge to help set the record straight within the very important world of Wiki. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:31, 10 August 2012 (UTC)


  1. ^ The Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal – Appraisal Institute: ISBN 0-922154-72-4
  2. ^ Book of Luke – Tax Collector
  3. ^ Appraisal Institute - USPAP