Okaloosa tax collector’s office recognized for financial excellence

Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 02:00 PM.

●Budgeting expertise

Five finance officers established the criteria and serve on the judging panel.

“The award is an important achievement for a tax collector’s office,” Love said. “Ben Anderson and the staff of the Okaloosa County Tax Collector’s Office have embraced technology as a way to enhance customer service and to promote financial accountability and transparency in government.”

The judging panel was especially impressed with the office’s program of “Doing Business Online, Not In Line,” which uses smartphone technology to allow customers to conduct transactions without needing to visit an office. The technology also assists customers “on the go” to find the nearest office and view potential wait times.

“The Okaloosa Tax Collector’s Office has earned the highest honor that the Florida Tax Collectors have to offer,” Love said. “And, their innovations will be shared with other Florida counties as an example of excellence.”

“Recognition on a state level is something of which we are very proud,” Okaloosa County Tax Collector Ben Anderson said. “It is affirmation of the respect we have for the taxpayer’s dollar and commitment to provide the highest level of service.”

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