Tax Collector’s Office Partnering with United Way to Support the 2017 Amazing Give

The Alachua County Tax Collector’s Office is partnering with United Way to support the 2017 Amazing Give.

The Amazing Give will raise money for local nonprofits through a single online donation platform, providing a simple way to connect donors to the charitable causes they care about most and encourage them to take action. One of the pillars of the Community Foundation of North Central Florida’s mission is to promote and sustain philanthropy in our community. This 24-hour online fundraising effort hosted by the Community Foundation of North Central Florida with the help of sponsors, will offer our area of nonprofits the chance to raise funds to support their critical missions.

Tax Collector John Power says, “I can think of no other community organization with the reach and impact than the United Way. Every dollar is vetted, leveraged and when directed by the donor, stays local.  Please consider making a charitable donation where it counts most — in your own backyard!”

United Way of North Central Florida supports more than 30 deserving non profits… many you’ve heard of and probably support yourselves. #LiveUnited and on March 29th, if not in the days leading up the to Amazing Give, reach out and give back!

If you’d like to donate to United Way for this year’s Amazing Give, just click here.


Tax Collector Team Donates 142 lbs. to Local Food Drive

The Alachua County Tax Collector’s Office partnered with other county and city agencies, participated in the 2016 Strike Out Hunger Food Drive sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission of Florida.  The Tax Collector team donated 142 lbs. of non-perishable food items which will go to local food banks and families in need this holiday season.

John Power, Tax Collector, pictured above with Rodney Long, President of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission of Florida also donated – in partnership with Campus Subway – lunch to all the volunteers working to sort food donations at the Alachua County Fair Grounds.


Pictured above: volunteers from Heritage Girls and Food for Kids helping sort and bag food items at the fair grounds. 

The Strike Out Hunger Food Drive takes place annually.  If your organization would like to participate next year, you can pick up collection boxes starting at the end of October from Rodney Long Realty Services located at 1712 NE Waldo Road, Suite B, Gainesville, FL 32609.


Tax Collector’s Office Wins Statewide Legacy Award for Financial Excellence

The following statement was released by the Florida Tax Collector’s Association:


Tallahassee, FL – John Power, Tax Collector for Alachua County, has earned a special designation for excellence in the field of financial operations. The Tax Collector’s financial records, practices and use of technology are rigorously reviewed by a judging panel in consideration for this honor.

“This award is one of the highest honors the Florida Tax Collector’s Association awards a local Tax Collector,” said Florida Tax Collectors, Inc. (“FTCA”) Past-President Eric Zwayer of Highlands County. “The judging process involved for consideration of this award is arduous and includes a comprehensive review of the financial functions of the Tax Collector’s Office. I am incredibly pleased to say that Mr. Power has earned the designation.”

A five person judging panel made up of government financial executives from throughout Florida examined the Tax Collector’s processes as related to the following four areas of competency: Innovation & Automation; a Perfect Annual Audit Report; Customer Focus; and Budgeting. Previously, Mr. Power earned the Excellence in Financial Operations Award after exhibiting proficiency in these four areas of expertise. However, for the 2016 Legacy Award, Mr. Power demonstrated that his office had further enhanced its financial operations.

“The citizens of Alachua County can be satisfied with John Power knowing that he operates his office in an exemplary and award-winning manner,” Larry Hart, President of FTCA, said. “The panelists’ review of his office far exceeded simply reviewing his perfect audit report. Mr. Power’s methods for delivering service to the people he serves and consideration of the technological innovations he has developed and put into place were also analyzed.”

Tax Collectors carry out State of Florida work at the local level on behalf of Florida’s citizens including property tax collections and enforcement; drivers’ licenses and motor vehicle services; hunting and fishing licenses; birth certificates, and so much more.

We’ve Relocated Our Southwest Office

The Southwest Tax Collector’s location has moved.  We’ve relocated the Southwest branch to 3837 Windmeadows Blvd. (behind Best Buy in Butler Plaza) – two blocks west of our old location.

We have two other office locations to better serve you:

Northwest Branch – 5801 NW 34th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32653

Downtown Branch – 12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville, FL 32601

Office Hours – 8:30 AM-4:30 PM

The front of our new Southwest location:

SW front

Tax Collector’s Office Collecting School Supplies for Local Schools

The Alachua County Tax Collector’s Office is partnering with Tools for Schools to donate school supplies to local students and teachers for the upcoming school year.  Tools for Schools is a reusable resource center located in Alachua County, Florida, providing new and gently used educational supplies to Alachua County Public School teachers at no cost. Tools for Schools operates with disadvantaged children in mind since many parents cannot afford the cost of a school lunch, let alone the necessary school supplies.

If you’d like to donate to Tools for Schools, you can drop off items at any of our three office locations now through August 9th:

Downtown Public Branch – 12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville, FL 32601

Northwest Public Branch – 5801 NW 34th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32653

Southwest Public Branch – 3207 SW 35th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32608

Office hours – 8:30 AM-4:30 PM

Tools for Schools giving