LIVE OAK — With more than three decades of experience in the field, Laure “BeBe” Roberson III is looking to put that knowledge to work as Suwannee County’s property appraiser.
Roberson, a 58-year-old Republican, has announced his candidacy for the position in this year’s elections.
“I believe for anyone to appropriately serve as a property appraiser, they should have the experience I have gained the past 34 years,” Roberson said. “Because of my lifelong experience working property appraisers’ offices and with the Florida Department of Revenue, I am totally qualified to get the tax roll out on time as well as serve the people of Suwannee County efficiently and in a timely manner.”
Roberson, a Suwannee County native, began his property appraisal career in 1984 in the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser’s office, working in the agricultural and residential department. During his eight years in Hillsborough County, Roberson prepared numerous Value Adjustment Board cases as well as handling value disputes at the counter and helped investigated homestead exemption fraud.
Early in Roberson’s career, he passed the required courses through the International Association of Assessing Officers to obtain his state certification, the same certification that retiring Property Appraiser Lamar Jenkins possesses. Roberson has also attended and passed courses through the Appraisal Institute.
Looking to move back home, though, Roberson went to work for the Florida Department of Revenue’s Property Tax Administration in 1992, auditing North Florida counties to ensure they were compliant with the Florida statutes when appraising residential and commercial properties.
Roberson also worked with Hamilton, Levy and Suwannee counties on special projects during that time.
In April 2014, Roberson accepted a job with the Suwannee County Property Appraiser’s office as tax roll supervisor, which he held through November 2018.
“I am not a politician. I have never run for office, but with my valuable experience, I believe I can make a difference,” said Roberson, whose grandfather, Laure Bee Roberson, and father, Laure Bee “Sam” Roberson Jr., both served as county commissioners and his aunt, Marjorie Carmichael, served as the county’s Supervisor of Elections. “I am like other voters in this county, I was raised in Suwannee County, love this county and believe I can serve our county well and put to work the 34 years of solid work experience in property appraisal that fully qualifies me for the office.
“As a native Suwannee Countian, I believe I have the same feeling for our county as most of you, to look out for our people to the best of my ability while following the statutes.”
Roberson urges voters to vote early — Aug. 8-15 — to make sure nothing arises on election day, Aug. 18, to keep them from voting.