The Official Seal Of The Polk County Tax Collector's Office
From the birth of Polk County in 1861, including the establishment of the Constitutional
Office of Tax Collector in 1868, the people of Polk County had no discernible seal
to associate with their Tax Collector.
Then, in 1997, the Tax Collector's Office adopted its "Official Seal"
and dedicated it to the taxpayers of "Imperial Polk County."
The Tax Collector's Official Seal prominently features one of Polk County's
historic highway markers, erected in 1930. These markers were strategically placed
to welcome visitors into Polk County and promote tourism and citrus. These monuments
also served as historic links to previous markers, which then stood as arches across
Polk County's impressive roadways, and as testament to the tangible results
of its working tax dollars.
The Tax Collector's Seal also incorporates symbolism into its design.
First, to demonstrate the Tax Collector's relationship and commitment to education,
a Western sun shines the light of knowledge onto the perfect side of the highway
monument. Interestingly, the Eastern side of the marker, which faces into the dark,
is made imperfect by a misspelling.
Second, to honor the Tax Collector's ties to Polk's seventeen municipalities,
a like number of stars adorn the Eastern night-time sky.
Finally, both the State of Florida and Polk County are depicted to represent the
importance of an independent Tax Collector, who is responsible for managing the
important revenue interests of the state and the governing authorities within the
The highway monument pictured in
the seal is based on a 1985 Polk County
Historical Association illustration by
Eileen O'Leary and a photograph of an
actual marker near Loughman.