09/23/15: Pinellas County Tax Collector receives the Florida Tax Collector Association’s Legacy Award

September 23, 2015
Brenna Haggar, Manager of Public Affairs
(727) 902-9666

Pinellas County Tax Collector receives the Florida Tax Collector Association’s Legacy Award

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 – Diane Nelson, Pinellas County Tax Collector, earned a special designation for excellence in the field of financial operations. A judging panel performed a detailed review of the Tax Collector’s financial records, practices, and use of technology in considering Nelson for the honor.

“The Legacy Award is one of the highest achievements the Florida Tax Collector Association can award a local Tax Collector,” said Florida Tax Collectors, Inc. Past-President Lisa Cullen of Brevard County. “The judging process was arduous and included a detailed review of the financial functions of the Tax Collector’s Office. I am very proud to say that Honorable Diane Nelson has earned the designation. She represents the very top echelon of elected officials.”

Previously, Nelson earned the Excellence in Financial Operations Award after demonstrating proficiency in four areas of expertise, innovation and automation, a perfect annual audit report, customer focus, and budgeting. For the 2015 Legacy Award, Ms. Nelson demonstrated that her office had further enhanced its financial operations.

A five-person judging panel made up of government financial executives throughout Florida reviewed the Tax Collector’s processes as related to the four areas of competency.

“The citizens of Pinellas County can be very proud of Honorable Diane Nelson for the award-winning manner in which she operates the Tax Collector’s Office,” Eric Zwayer, President of FTCA, said. “The panelists’ review of her office went far and above reviewing her perfect audit report. The review included methods utilized by Ms. Nelson to deliver service to the people she serves and consideration of the technological innovations she has developed and put into place.”

ABOUT THE PINELLAS COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR’S OFFICE: The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office is a constitutionally elected office responsible for collecting and distributing state and local taxes and for providing driver license and motor vehicle registration services to Pinellas County residents. The Office received the 2013 Governor¹s Sterling Award for performance excellence. For more information visit www.taxcollect.com/newsroom.

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