Ken Burke Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller receiving the check for unused fees from Charles W Thomas Pinellas County Tax Collector

Pinellas County Tax Collector Charles W. Thomas (right) presents the Board of County Commissioners’ check of $10,417,944.99 to Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Ken Burke. Burke’s Finance Division serves as the Clerk and Accountant for the Board of County Commissioners and is the custodian of County funds.

Pinellas County Tax Collector Returns Over $11.5 Million in Unspent Fees

PINELLAS COUNTY, FL – Charles W. Thomas, Pinellas County Tax Collector, is pleased to announce his office returned more than $11.5 million today in unspent revenue to the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners and other taxing authorities. His office has returned nearly $33.6 million in unspent revenue since October 2017.

We work hard to be fiscally responsible,” Thomas said. “It’s an honor to provide the Board of County Commissioners these funds which can be used to make Pinellas County an even better place to live, work, and visit.”

The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office is fee-based, meaning its operations are funded through the fees it collects. These fees, such as the Tax Collector’s $6.25 fee for driver license transactions, are regulated by state law. At the end of each fiscal year, the Tax Collector distributes all unused fees to local taxing authorities. The lion’s share of the revenue is returned to Pinellas County’s General Fund, the primary operating fund of the County, to provide services and benefits to all residents of Pinellas County. In total, the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners received $10.4 million today from the Tax Collector’s Office, with the remaining $1.1 million split amongst other taxing authorities.

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