The Office of Tax Collector was established in the 1885 Florida Constitution with the idea that a locally elected official would be more responsive to the needs of the community they serve. The Tax Collector is an independent constitutional officer elected by the voters of Brevard County for a four year term.
The Tax Collector is responsible for providing a myriad of services:
- Collection of real property, tangible personal property, non-ad Valorem, sales, and tourist development taxes with oversight from the Department of Revenue
- Issuance of Business Tax Receipts on behalf of Brevard County
- Agent for the Department of Motor Vehicles and Highway Safety issuing driver licenses and identification cards. Issuing titles and registrations for motor vehicles, mobile homes, and vessels. Issuance of Handicapped Parking Placards
- Agent for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issuing hunt and fishing licenses and/or permits
- Agent for the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services accepting applications for Concealed Weapons Licenses
- Collect, balance, invest and remit funds to proper state agency or taxing authority
The Tax Collector’s Office in Brevard County is a fee office. This means that the funding for the office is derived from the fees and commissions set by the Florida Statutes for services rendered. At the end of the fiscal year, unspent fees earned above and beyond the cost to operate the office are remitted to each local governmental agency in the same proportion as they were paid.