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NEW LAKELAND TAX COLLECTOR OFFICE IN WORKS


NEW LAKELAND TAX COLLECTOR OFFICE IN WORKS


County Commission To Assist With Funding

02/05/13 - BARTOW

The Tax Collector's Office for Polk County has finalized its plans for a new Lakeland Service Center at 916 N Massachusetts Ave.

Because the State of Florida is requiring Tax Collectors to take over driver license services by 2015, a new Lakeland Service Center is needed to combine driver license services with current Tax Collector operations (property taxes, vehicle titles & registrations, county local business taxes, and state hunting and fishing licenses).

The Polk County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) got involved with the Tax Collector's plans for a new Lakeland Service Center by agreeing to provide $1.2 million toward the project. The overall project is expected to cost $4.6 million, the bulk of which will be paid for out of the Tax Collector's Office budget, which is separate from the BoCC's budget. The amount provided by the BoCC, will represent a $250,000 savings to the county, as the Tax Collector will not have to seek long term financing for the project, thereby increasing the amount of future excess fees to the BoCC.

The new Service Center is centrally located and close to both the current Tax Collector's Office in Lakeland, at the Polk County Government Center, and the state's driver license facility.



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