Meet Your Saint Lucie County Property Appraiser
Originally from northern Illinois, Michelle Franklin made the Treasure Coast home in 2000. She began her tenure in the Property Appraiser’s Office in 2004, serving in the Public Service Department. Over the course of her employment, Michelle had an opportunity to work in or oversee most of the Property Appraiser’s six different departments.
Michelle was elected the Saint Lucie County Property Appraiser in 2016. In February 2017, Michelle became a Certified Florida Appraiser (CFA) through the Florida Department of Revenue.
She and her husband, Jason, live in Port Saint Lucie and are the proud parents of two daughters. Michelle enjoys participating in community involvement and actively supports several nonprofits. These nonprofits include PA Charities, which was formed by Property Appraiser Professionals to help neighbors in need, and United Against Poverty, whose focus is to provide a hand up to people breaking the cycle of poverty.
Property Appraiser Responsibilities
Constitutionally, the Property Appraiser is charged with the duty and responsibility of placing a fair, equitable and just value on all real and tangible personal property in St. Lucie County. Real property includes land and all buildings, structures, and improvements to the land. Tangible personal property includes machinery and equipment, fixtures, furniture, and other items owned and leased for business purposes. Additionally, the Property Appraiser tracks ownership changes, maintains maps of parcel boundaries and administers exemptions; individual, agricultural and institutional. The Property Appraiser’s Office does not determine your taxes; this is done by your County and Municipal Elected Officials, your School Board and other tax districts.