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A Closer Look: The Office of the Orange County Property Appraiser

The Office of the Orange County Property Appraiser (OCPA) is charged with identifying, locating and fairly valuing all property, both real and personal, within the County for tax purposes. Determining a fair and equitable value is the OCPA’s primary role in the taxation process but assessing such a unique place can be a challenge.

With seven theme parks, four water parks, and hundreds of hotels and time shares, Orange County is one of the most visited places in the world and has the most diverse types of properties. Orange County is also home to nearly 1.4 million residents who live in some 400,000 residential properties. The business community occupies more than 60,000 non-residential parcels and represents a comparable number of business tax accounts. As of 2019, Orange County’s tax roll is $208.2 billion.

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Orange County Environmental Protection Division Works with Local Businesses to Go Green and Stay Green

Corporate sustainability has become synonymous with social and environmental responsibility. One Apopka-based company, Bloem LLC, which manufactures innovative outdoor garden products, took the...

Eight local and international leaders holding rubber mallets pretending to hammer down some stakes in front of a decorative piece of track. Below the track read the words "Virgin Trains USA Orlando Groundbreaking. On Track to Red Hot Orlando."

Virgin Trains USA Breaks Ground on Central Florida Expansion

Virgin Trains USA, formerly Brightline, broke ground on Monday, June 24, 2019, for the nation’s largest privately funded infrastructure project to expand its...

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Redevelopment Site in Pine Hills to Serve as Affordable Low-Income Senior Housing

Affordable housing is a huge concern for local seniors – many of whom are on a fixed income. To meet that need, Emerald Villas...

Community and business leaders gather to cut the ribbon at the Hispanic Business Conference.

Hispanic Business Conference Welcomes Hundreds of Business Leaders to Orange County

The Hispanic Business Conference is hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) and focuses on enhancing economic...

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Orange County Farm Bureau Hosts Annual Elected Officials Luncheon

The Orange County Farm Bureau held its 2019 Elected Officials Luncheon at the Citrus Club on May 21, 2019. Every year, the Farm Bureau’s board...

Mayor Demings and two other men on stage. Behind them is a very large screen that says 75 million.

Visit Orlando Announces 75 Million Visitors to the Region in 2018

Tourism officials announced today a historic milestone for the U.S. travel industry as Orlando released news of a record-setting 75 million annual visitors in...

Mayor Demings, Orange County Staff, and foreign Diplomats stand in a semi-circle around a lit fire pit. There are over two dozen individuals smiling for the photo.

Foreign Diplomats Visit Orange County for Experience Florida 2019 Program

Orange County and the City of Orlando welcomed 35 representatives from 31 different foreign missions, as part of the U.S. Department of State Office...

Mayor Demings, standing, pats the back of a construction worker who is sitting. They're among hundreds of construction workers wearing their fluorescent uniforms as they eat their celebratory lunch outside of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Celebrates Construction Milestone

Central Florida leaders joined the arts community to celebrate the topping off ceremony for phase 2 of the Dr. Phillips Center for...

Mayor Demings, Commissioner Gomez Cordero, and two leaders are standing inside an autonomous bus made by Beep.

Lake Nona Brings First Autonomous Shuttles to Orange County this Spring

Beep, a new Florida-based company that provides autonomous mobility solutions, announced an exclusive dealer arrangement for the state of Florida, with NAVYA,...