Crapo aims for better efficiency, online improvements


Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 3:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 3:46 p.m.

Only one name will appear on the ballot in November for Alachua County Property Appraiser, but the incumbent still faces a challenger.

Facts

Ed Crapo

Party: Democrat
Age: 64
Family: Wife, Sheila, one son and one daughter
Political Experience: Has served eight terms as property appraiser
Residence: Micanopy

Ed Crapo, who has held the post for 32 years, is running for a ninth four-year term. Syed Mohammed I. Haider, a senior laboratory technician at the University of Florida, is a write-in candidate.



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Crapo received 70.8 percent of the vote in August’s Democratic primary, beating out real estate appraiser Alonzo Perkins.

If elected, Crapo said his top priority would be to improve the efficiency of the office, which he said is in the midst of a two-year process to update the computer system. When the transition is finished in June 2013, he hopes to translate increased efficiency into improvements to the office’s website.

“There are going to be improvements in terms of information that’s available and the ease with which you can retrieve that information,” he said.

He said he wants to explore creating web-based exemption applications and an easy way online for residents to send in questions and get answers.

He added that the new computer system would allow his office to analyze data faster.

Haider has qualified as a write-in candidate. Voters must correctly spell the name of the write-in candidate for the vote to count.

Information about his campaign can be found at www.electmohammedfortaxfreecountycom.webstarts.com, and he can be reached at taxfreecounty@yahoo.com.

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