Pinellas County Tax Collector Receives State Award for Excellence

TALLAHASSEE, FL – When it comes to dollars and cents, you can count on the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office for accuracy, down to the penny. Financial accuracy is just one reason Pinellas County Tax Collector Charles W. Thomas earned the Legacy Award for Financial Operations, one of the most significant honors bestowed by the Florida Tax Collectors Association.

“I am proud to lead an award-winning team dedicated to the highest standards of excellence,” said Thomas. “Our Budget and Finance Department continually raises the bar. I am honored to share this achievement with such a stellar team.”

Thomas was selected by a five-person judging panel made up of government financial executives from throughout Florida. The criteria for the Legacy Award include a perfect annual audit report as well as evidence of technological innovations, customer focus, and budgeting skills.

“Charles Thomas has proven that he operates his office in an exemplary and award-winning manner,” said Sharon Jordan, President of the Florida Tax Collectors Association.

This is the sixth consecutive year the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office won the Legacy Award and the first year with Tax Collector Charles W. Thomas at the helm. Thomas served as Deputy Tax Collector for 16 years before being sworn in as Tax Collector in January 2017. In addition to the Legacy Award, the office also received the 2013 Governor’s Sterling Award and the 2016 Governor’s Sterling Sustained Excellence Award for performance excellence.



ABOUT THE PINELLAS COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR’S OFFICE: The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office is a constitutionally elected office. Responsibilities include collecting and distributing state and local taxes and providing driver license and motor vehicle registration services to Pinellas County residents. For more information, visit