Tax Collector Duties and Responsibilities
In Florida, Tax Collectors are independent constitutional officers duly elected from their counties of residence by their fellow citizens and taxpayers. It is this independence coupled with the fact that Tax Collectors deal with a variety of duties and responsibilities and provide a myriad of important public services, that allows them to exercise valuable leadership roles in Florida's government.
They direct, plan, organize, budget, set and implement policies which affect not only their governments, but reach the state level as well.
Along with their own local involvement in personnel and financial management matters, Tax Collectors participate in the management of the executive branches of state government which include the Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, and Department of Revenue.
It is the Tax Collector who sees all these departments as a whole and, consequently, is able to coordinate and analyze the impact they have collectively. Staff members from various departments of state along with state legislatures should and do draw heavily on the broad base of knowledge accumulated by the Tax Collectors in drafting tax legislation and establishing rules and regulations for carrying out laws regarding the collection of taxes.
The elected county office of Tax Collector in Florida was established in the 1885 state constitution based on the ideas that local taxes could best be collected at the local level and, by being an elected office, the Tax Collector would be more responsible to the needs of the community from which he was elected.
In most counties the Tax Collector is responsible for not only the collection of valorem taxes, which is the single largest tax collected in Florida, but also for the collection of other taxes at the local level such as Local Business Tax, taxes imposed by special levying districts and also taxes imposed by state agencies.
Over the past 20 years, the coastal area of Florida has had to deal with many growth related problems. It has required county government to look at new and innovative ways to handle the massive problems. It is our goal and objective in the Tax Collector's office to look at all aspects of responsibilities and revitalize with the newest technology and innovative management of millions of tax dollars.