May 2019, Volume 14, Issue 5
May is here and hurricane season is around the corner. I encourage you to take this time to plan, prepare and protect for the unexpected. With that in mind, I am pleased to again offer our annual Hurricane Guide to help you prepare your home and family for storm season. This popular resource is available for download from our website. Learn more below.
Please note that our offices will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. On this day, we honor the men and women who lost their lives in service to our great country.
Finally, I want to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers. Thank you for all you do. You are appreciated!
Anne M. Gannon
Helping You Prepare for Hurricane Season
Our Hurricane Guide contains practical information to help you plan, prepare and protect yourself, others and your property in advance of storm season. The guide contains important phone numbers, a timeline for storm preparations and a comprehensive list of hurricane supplies. Download your copy at www.pbctax.com/publications.
Your Teen Driver: Schedule Summer Appointments Today!
May 31 is the last day of school in Palm Beach County. Would you believe our driver license appointments are already booking into June? If you have a teenager who plans to come in to our office this summer for a learner’s license or driver license, they should make a driver license appointment today!
Don’t forget to bring all required forms and documents to ensure a smooth and efficient visit. For more tips to help your teen prepare for the driving test, please visit www.pbctax.com/teendriver.
You can also download our free study app called “In the Driver’s Seat” from your app store. We’ve updated all the content and included step-by-step guidance to help teen drivers and their parents/guardians understand Florida’s Graduated Licensing Process..
Have a Safe Summer on the Water
Although Florida’s boating season never really ends, the traditional start is marked by the Memorial Day holiday weekend. With more than 35,000 registered recreational boats in Palm Beach County, our waterways can become congested this time of year, increasing the risk of boating accidents.
Did you know we offer a money-saving incentive for boaters who equip their boats with emergency locator devices? Boat owners receive vessel registration discounts if they equip their boats with an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon or a Position Location Beacon.
As a reminder, all motorized boats operating on public waterways must be titled and registered. Owners must register a boat and/or trailer within 30 days of purchase. Keep your boat and trailer registration on hand when in use. Remember boat registrations expire midnight of the owner’s birthday. Renew boat registrations at www.pbctax.com.
Tax Collector's Office Recognized for Excellence in Communictions and Marketing
This spring the Tax Collector’s Office was recognized for excellence in communications and marketing by two local organizations. The Palm Beach chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) recognized the agency with three prestigious Palm Awards: Best Newsletter for Tax Talk, Best Multicultural Campaign for the agency’s multilingual client surveys and Best Special Event for the agency’s celebration of Employee Appreciation Day.
Last month the Tax Collector’s Office earned a Bernays Award for excellence in internal communications from the Gold Coast PR Council, South Florida’s largest independent group of public relations, marketing and communications professionals. “These awards showcase the excellent work we are doing communicating with our clients and our employees,” said Tax Collector Gannon. “I am also proud to be recognized for listening to our clients by gathering their feedback in three languages.”
Helping You Plan Ahead
May 12 − Mother’s Day
May 27 − Memorial Day – Offices Closed
June 1 − Hurricane Season Begins
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 online 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.