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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.

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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:

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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

Alachua County Students Take Part in New Driver Program

The Alachua County Tax collector’s Office opened it’s doors this past Saturday to welcome students looking to obtain their Learner’s Permit or Driver License.  The office partnered with Alachua County high schools and their Driver Education Instructors to bring in students and parents in on the weekend.  Typically parents would have to take off work to bring their student-driver in to the Tax Collector’s office regular Monday through Friday hours.

Nearly 100 students took part in DELAP (Driver Education Licensing Assistance Program) and the tax collector’s office brought in extra staff to ensure the students and parents could all be served efficiently within the 8:00-12:00 window.

We’d like to thank the employees who came in and worked extra hours on a Saturday so these students could get licensed:

  • Christie
  • Daniel
  • Dustin
  • Janna
  • Melissa
  • Moranda
  • Morgan
  • Randy
  • Rita
  • Rob
  • Valerie

Congratulations Management Academy and ACCESS Graduates!

The Alachua County Tax Collector’s Office would like to congratulate our employees who graduated from the County’s Management Academy and ACCESS (Alachua County Civic Education SerieS) Program.

Management Academy Graduates:

  • Kay
  • Kyle
  • Valerie (not pictured)

ACCESS Program Graduates:

  • Kim F.
  • Kim S.
  • Kyle
  • Shannon

A big congratulations to you all for putting in the time and work required to earn these designations, we are so proud of you!

Tax Collector’s Office Closed for Memorial Day

The Tax Collector’s Office will be closed on Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day.  We will reopen Tuesday, May 31st at 8:30 AM.

 

Many services are available online 24/7 at www.AlachuaCollector.com.

May is Motorcycle and Bicycle Safety Awareness Month

The Tax Collector’s Office is partnering with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to promote:  #ShareTheRoad 

All motorists should use courtesy when driving and watch out for bicyclists and motorcyclists. After all, the road belongs to everyone. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reminds everyone, it’s One Road…Share it, Florida!

MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS

Motorcycle and moped drivers have the same rights and duties as drivers of motor vehicles. Riders committing traffic violations may receive citations. To learn more, download the Florida Motorcycle Handbook. To learn more about about approved motorcycle safety courses, motorcycle endorsements or Motorcycle Only licenses, please visit Florida Rider Training Program.

TIPS FOR MOTORISTS
  • Never attempt to share the lane with a motorcycle. The motorcyclist is entitled to the entire lane.
  • Watch for motorcycles and look carefully before pulling into an intersection or changing lanes.
  • It is difficult to gauge the speed of a motorcycle; they may appear to be much farther away than they really are.
  • Do not follow too closely behind a motorcycle; motorcycles have the ability to stop more quickly than other vehicles.
  • Motorcyclists often slow down by down-shifting or rolling off the throttle, thus not activating the brake light.
  • Never pass a motorcyclist with only a few feet of space. The force of the wind gust can cause the rider to lose control.
  • When being passed by a motorcycle, maintain your lane position and do not increase your speed.
  • Maintain a four-second buffer zone between you and a motorcyclist, and increase space when encountering inclement weather, gusty winds, wet or icy roads, bad road conditions and railroad crossings.

BICYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS

In Florida, the bicycle is legally defined as a vehicle and has all of the privileges, rights and responsibilities on public roads (except for expressways) that a motor vehicle operator does.

Bicyclists may ride out of the bike lane in the travel lane for their own safety due to narrow roads, to avoid obstacles or pavement hazards or to prepare for a left turn. A bicyclist may use the full lane even while traveling substantially below the speed of traffic if the lane is too narrow for both a car and bicycle to share.

To learn more about laws and safety rules for bicyclists, see pages 40 and 41 in the Florida Driver License Handbook.

TIPS FOR MOTORISTS
  • Florida law: give bicyclists a minimum of three feet of clearance when driving alongside or passing them.
  • When turning, yield to any bicyclist in the bike lane and make your turn behind the cyclist.
  • Avoid using high beam headlights when you see a bicyclist approaching.
  • Before opening a car door, check for bicyclists who may be approaching from behind.
RULES FOR BICYCLISTS
  • Obey all traffic controls and signals.
  • If you are not traveling at the speed of other traffic, you must use the bike lane, and if no bike lane is available, you must stay on the right-most side of the road.
  • You may use the full lane when making a left turn, passing, avoiding hazards, or when a lane is too narrow for you and a car to share it safely.
  • Use directional hand signals to show other drivers that you are about to turn.
  • Never attach yourself or your bike to any vehicle on the roadway.
  • If you are riding on a sidewalk or crosswalk, you have all the rights and duties as a pedestrian. However, you must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.
  • Between sunset and sunrise, you must have a white light visible from 500 feet on the front of your bicycle and a red reflector and a red light visible from 600 feet on the rear.
  • All bicyclists and passengers under age 16 are required to wear helmets.
  • When riding with others, you may not ride more than two side-by-side unless it is part of a roadway reserved for bicycles; you must ride single file if you and the other rider are impeding traffic.
BICYCLIST SAFETY TIPS
  • No matter your age, wear a helmet.
  • Be seen. Wear neon or fluorescent colors when riding and wear something reflective.
  • Don’t text while biking.
  • Do not ride a bicycle under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Tax Collector’s Office Closed the 15th for Presidents’ Day

The Alachua County Tax Collector’s Office will be closed Monday, February 15th for Presidents’ Day.  We will reopen Tuesday, February 16th at 8:30 AM.

Tax Collector’s Office Closed for Christmas and New Year’s Holidays

The Tax  Collector’s Office will be closed this Thursday and Friday, December 24th and 25th, in observance of the Christmas holiday.  The Tax Collector’s Office will also be closed next Friday, January 1st, in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday.