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TAMPA BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL AWARD


TAMPA BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL AWARD


POLK'S TAX COLLECTOR OFFICE NAMED AWARD WINNER

BARTOW, Florida/PR Free/December 8, 2006

On December 7, the third annual Tampa Bay Business Journal Business of the Year Awards were announced to a crowd of over 500 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Tampa.

The Polk County Tax Collector's Office won for the Government category.

"We believe that our hard work and customer service will continue to deliver on our mission and vision, changing peoples? perception of what government can accomplish," Tedder shared. In accepting the award, Joe Tedder thanked the other finalist in the Government category, the U.S. Postal Service, for their part in the tax office?s successful delivery of tax bills.

Innovations in online tax certificate sales and delinquency enforcement have driven down receivables by 72 percent, helping the tax collection from real estate taxes achieve a 99 percent collection level.

Other innovations include outreach programs such as the Tourist Development Academy educational seminars for the vacation home rental industry, License Plate Renewal PSAs which invite non-profit specialty plate foundations to partner in a shared message to vehicle owners, Polk County Kids Tag Art, a 5th grader fundraising program for the county schools? art programs, familiarizing the public with the tax collector website, and mobile home tax clinics county-wide.

The organization is also the founding member in the Polk County Constitutional Roundtable and the IT Roundtable as well as Polk Vision?s Elected Leadership Summit. The Polk County Tax Collector?s office also shares best practices with other tax offices around the state through the state Florida Tax Collectors? association and is an active participant in numerous coalitions.


Joe Tedder accepts Tampa Bay Business Journal Award.





Representing the Polk Tax Collector's Office (From Left to Right): Chris Rudolph, Chief Deputy of Enforcement, Development & Compliance;
Martha Burke, Director of Compliance & Taxpayer Affairs; Randy Hunt, Chief Deputy of Administration; Joe Tedder, Tax Collector; and,
Rick Rhodes, Chief Deputy of Property Taxes & Information Technologies.


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