Crawford County Assessor Ronnie Dale has announced his candidacy for re-election to his third two-year term.

Dale is serving his second term and he said that he and his staff look forward to continuing their service to the people of Crawford County.

"Last year was an exciting and busy one, and 2014 is promising to be just as busy," Dale said, adding that there was a significant increase in the number of assessments in 2013.

Personal property and vehicles must be assessed between Jan. 1 and May 31 to avoid the 10 percent late assessment penalty. First-time assessments must be done in person, but thereafter can be done by phone or online at www.crawfordcountyassessor.com. His office can help with business assessments, he said.

"I am proud to say that as a level 4 appraiser I have been able to save our county money, because I am certified to not only audit our reappraisal company, but also follow up on requests of a parcel owner or physically inspect commercial buildings," Dale said.

Dale said he and his staff are always ready to help county residents with their assessments and real estate concerns.

"For the month of January, I brought the assessor’s office to the community by opening a one-day satellite office at each senior center and some of the retirement homes," Dale said.

Dale is especially proud of his office’s GIS mapping program, which allowed him to provide the county judge’s office with urbanized maps to all fire and the sheriff’s departments, he said. He also has provided road maps of Crawford County to utility companies, he said.

A partnership with the cities of Van Buren and Alma, and Arkansas CAMA Technology, allowed the county officials to have oblique imagery flown over the county. The new technology fits over parcel maps so property owners can see actual images of their property.

These images have been helpful to law enforcement, fire departments and city officials in the county, Dale said. To view a property map, go to http://beacon.schneidercorp.com.

Residents can access their real estate records for free at www.actdatascout.com. Choose "Crawford County," then type in name, address or parcel number. Homestead statuses are located there, also.

"You’ll be amazed at the useful information provided," Dale said.

If a resident notifies the assessor’s office when they turn 65 or older, or become disabled through Social Security, their real estate property value can be frozen, Dale said.

"I work for you, the citizens of Crawford County," Dale said. "Whether I am working in the office or out in the field, I have endeavored to make the Assessor’s Office a user friendly place, and welcome any suggestions, questions or visits. My door is always open to you."