September 2019, Volume 18, Issue 9
This issue of Tax Talk was created before we knew Hurricane Dorian would pose a threat to Palm Beach County. I am extremely grateful we experienced only minimal effects from this devastating storm. Now we must turn our attention to the Bahamas. Americans are generous people, and I’m sure we will find ways to assist with helping the Bahamian people restore their lives and communities.
This month I am extremely proud to report our agency was recognized for Excellence in Financial Operations at the annual Florida Tax Collectors Association Fall Education Forum. Please continue reading to learn more about this important recognition.
If you celebrate Rosh Hashanah, please accept my best wishes for a very Happy New Year!
Anne M. Gannon
Constitutional Tax Collector Recognized for Excellence
in Financial Operations
Anne Gannon, Constitutional Tax Collector, Serving Palm Beach County was honored to receive the Legacy Award for Excellence in Financial Operations from the Florida Tax Collectors Association (FTCA) at the association’s annual conference in August. A four-person judging panel of government financial executives from Florida examined the agency’s proficiency in several key areas including budgeting, customer focus, innovation and automation. The agency also demonstrated excellence through a perfect annual audit.
As she accepted the award, Gannon reflected on the agency’s mission to provide unparalleled service that inspires trust. “This award recognizes our progress in achieving our mission,” said Gannon. “Improving our processes and implementing new technology gives us the ability to provide exceptional service, while the perfect audit reflects our commitment to accuracy in every transaction.”
The Legacy Award is one of the highest honors bestowed on a tax collector by the FTCA. The process for consideration is rigorous and includes a comprehensive review of the agency’s financial functions.
Important Tax Deadlines on Sept. 30
Property owners enrolled in our 2019 Installment Payment Plan must pay the second quarterly payment by Monday, Sept. 30. There’s no need to come in to our office. You can pay online at www.pbctax.com anytime!
Palm Beach County business owners must renew their Local Business Tax Receipt by Sept. 30. Unpaid local business tax is delinquent Oct. 1 and subject to interest and penalties. Don’t delay! Renew your Local Business Tax Receipt online today at www.pbctax.com.
If you closed your business, you must notify our office immediately. Please send an email to ClientAdvocate@taxcollectorpbc.com. You can also complete and sign the “Out of Business” portion of your payment stub and mail it to Palm Beach County Tax Collector, P.O. Box 3353, West Palm Beach, Florida 33402-3353.
Ask Anne: Why do we have Constitutional Officers?
Anne: September 17 is Constitution Day which commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. The U.S. Constitution splits power among the three branches of government. The Florida Constitution works in a similar fashion.
The Florida Constitution established the Tax Collector’s Office as an independent agency in 1885. Constitutional offices are part of a system that limits (checks) the County Commission’s power by having constitutional officers carry out governmental duties (balance).
This separation frees the Tax Collector’s Office from influence by local or state agencies that have the power to levy taxes.
Editor’s note: Anne M. Gannon is the first woman elected to the office of Constitutional Tax Collector in Palm Beach County in 2006. She was re-elected in 2008, 2012 and 2016.
Other constitutional officers serving Palm Beach County are the Clerk & Comptroller, Property Appraiser, Sheriff and the Supervisor of Elections.
Agency Employees Donate Back-to-School Supplies to Families First of Palm Beach County
Notebooks, backpacks, clothing… these are essential back-to-school supplies. While many children return to school with fresh supplies, there are many students who start the new academic year without required supplies or appropriate clothing.
Determined to help students return to school prepared, Tax Collector Office employees conducted a weeklong Back-to-School Supply Drive last month to collect school supplies for deserving local children. Employees generously donated nearly 1,500 new items including pens, crayons, glue, notebooks, backpacks and clothing. Employees delivered the in-kind donation valued at over $3,600, to Families First of Palm Beach County.
This is the second employee-organized supply drive to benefit Families First. In March, employees donated more than $3,000 in toys, baby products and personal hygiene items to support local families in need.
Employees selected Families First of Palm Beach County and Living Hungry as their Community Involvement Partners for 2019 and 2020. Every dollar raised and every item donated comes directly from employees. To learn more about employee giving, visit www.pbctax.com/community.
Helping You Plan Ahead
September 30 Second Installment Payment Plan payment is due
Renew Local Business Tax Receipts
Do you have a birthday this month? Privately owned vehicle registrations expire at midnight on the first owner’s birthday. Renew your registration for motor vehicles, mobile homes, motorcycles or vessels at www.pbctax.com.
If you have trouble renewing online make sure your insurance information is up to date and there are no stops, holds or violations on your driver license.