Duties & Responsibilities
In Florida, the elected county office of Tax Collector was established as an independent unit of government by the State Constitution of 1885. Consequently, Tax Collectors are referred to as Constitutional Officers. As the chief revenue collector within the county, the Tax Collector is elected to a four-year term in the presidential election year.
The Tax Collector’s Office is responsible for providing a wide range of services to the citizens and taxpayers of Lake County on behalf of other governmental units, including but not limited to: the Florida Department of Revenue, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, numerous ad valorem taxing districts, and non-ad valorem taxing districts.
These services consist primarily of the collection and administration of ad valorem taxes, non-ad valorem assessments, motor vehicle and vessel registration and title fees, driver licences, business tax receipts (f/k/a occupational licenses), tourist development taxes, and hunting and fishing license fees.