Escambia County Tax Collector

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The Escambia County Tax Collector is the elected officer responsible for collecting property taxes for the various taxing authorities of Escambia County. The tax collector also acts as the local agent for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, and the Florida Department of Revenue.

The elected office of tax collector was established in the Florida Constitution of 1885. Tax collectors are elected to four-year terms at November general (presidential) elections. The only qualification to serve as tax collector is to be an elector of Escambia County.

The current Escambia County Tax Collector is Janet Holley, who was appointed on October 21, 1998, after the death of Matt Langley Bell III, and was reaffirmed by election in 2000 and 2004. Her annual salary as of 2007 was $132,050.[1]

Office locations & hours[edit]

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30.409782, -87.21488, Matt Langley Bell III Building
213 Palafox Place
M-F: 8:30 AM-5:00 PM 30.388943, -87.279253, 507 N. Navy Boulevard
M: 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Tu-F: 8:30 AM-6:00 PM 30.480818, -87.258267, 6451 North W Street
M, W, F: 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Tu & Th: 8:30 AM-6:00 PM 30.698818, -87.35075, 470 South Highway 29
M: Closed
Tu-F: 7:30 AM-6:00 PM 30.970011, -87.266936, 7500 N. Century Boulevard
M: Closed
Tu-F: 7:30 AM-6:00 PM

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The Escambia County Tax Collector has five locations: a main branch in the Matt Langley Bell III Building in downtown Pensacola and four branches spread throughout the county. Services include:

  • Real estate taxes
  • Tangible personal property taxes
  • Delinquent real estate taxes
  • Local business tax receipts
  • Motor vehicle registrations and titles
  • Vessel registrations and titles
  • Hunting and fishing licenses
  • Going out of business licenses
  • Fire sale permits
  • Driver license renewal (Warrington & Century locations only)
  • Drive-through services (all locations except Century)
    • Real estate and tangible tax payments
    • Local business tax receipts
    • Motor vehicle and vessel renewals

Chronology of tax collectors[edit]

Escambia County Tax Collectors (list incomplete)
Name Elected/Appointed[2] Tenure
F. E. de la Rua July 26, 1845
Maximo P. de Rioboo September 16, 1845
December 22, 1845
January 2, 1847
A. W. Nicholson October 27, 1847
A. B. Wheelock April 1, 1874
George E. Wentworth March 15, 1875
F. E. Richardson February 1, 1877
Manuel Palmes May 2, 1879
May 13, 1881
May 4, 1883
May 25, 1887
A. H. D'Alemberte December 27, 1888 1888 - January 6, 1903
J. S. Roberts 1904
1916
January 3, 1905 - January 15, 1915
1917-1929
T. T. Wentworth, Jr. 1928 1929-1941
John R. Jones 1940 1941-1949
Ben L. Davis 1948 1949-1965
E. J. Gibbs, Jr. 1964 1965-1977
Matt Langley Bell III 1976 1977 - October 15, 1998 (his death)
Janet Holley October 21, 1998 (appointed)
November 7, 2000 (elected)
1998-present

Notes & references[edit]

  1. http://inweekly.net/county_salary.asp
  2. Tax collectors were appointed prior to the Florida Constitution of 1885