Update from Scott Randolph

Up 22% since Randolph took office

Randolph says additional tax dollars can help Orange County cope with Hurricane Irma-related expenses

Orange County Tax Collector Scott Randolph today announced that the Orange County Tax Collector’s Office returned $22.15 million in unused fees to Orange County Government for Fiscal Year 2016-17, an increase of 22% – or $4.03 million – from when Randolph first took office in 2013. Under state law, tax collector offices return unused revenues, which derive from fees collected by the office, to their home counties and local taxing authorities.

Of the $22.15 million returned to the county, $19.66 million will be directed to the county’s General Fund which is used for countywide operations. The revenue increase is $4.66 million above the $15 million the county budgeted for its General Fund in Fiscal Year 2016-17.

“The county does a great job budgeting for rainy days, but when that rainy day turns into a major hurricane it can place a big strain on local governments,” Tax Collector Scott Randolph said. “I’m hopeful that with this increase in returned tax dollars the county can offset some of the unexpected costs from Hurricane Irma.”

Randolph said the increase is the result of several factors, including an increase in assessed values of real estate in Orange County, which has been steadily increasing with the economic recovery, and efficiencies achieved by the Tax Collector’s Office. Earlier this year, Randolph announced that his office consolidated its Property and Business Tax Departments. The office also contracted for its road test services, which will allow the office to serve three times as many road test customers while shifting several employees to the front lines.

The Orange County Tax Collector’s Office is a fee-based office, meaning its operations are funded through the fees it collects. At the end of each fiscal year, after its budget is funded, the Tax Collector distributes all unused fees to Orange County government and several other local authorities, including the Orange County Library System, which will receive more than $388,000 in revenue.

Tax Collector’s Office by the Numbers (Fiscal Year 2016-17) 

Revenue Source Amount
Real Estate Taxes $1,963,858,740.22
Tangible Property Taxes $154,137,157.73
Motor Vehicle Fees $80,460,808.96
Business Taxes $4,030,521.55
Tax Certificates sold $37,413,580.53
Total Collections $2,239,900,808.99

Transactions Conducted*

Transaction Type Number of Transactions Conducted
Online 360,469
In-Person 954,300
Mail 330,319
Phone 277,941
Online Chats 9,305
Website Visits 1.8 million

*Data represents transactions conducted 9/2016 – 9/2017

Returned Unused Fees (Fiscal Year 2016-17)

Name of Agency Amount
Orange County General Fund $19,665,185.47
Unincorporated Taxing District $1,068,978.11
County Fire $1,329,224.66
Apopka/Vineland Road $2,017.52
Orange Blossom Trail Corridor $4,090.08
Orange Blossom Trail Neighborhood $3,644.08
Orlando Central Park $8,494.13
I-Drive Master Transit $21,973.86
I-Drive Bus Service $38,737.97
North I-Drive Improvement $1,428.23
Bass Lake $203.43
Big Sand Lake $1,994.99
Lake Pickett $659.98
Lake Holden $2,033.60
Lake Jessamine $1,083.67
Lake Killarney $273.56
Lake Price $289.69
Lake Ola $1,030.53
Lake Mary $316.28
Lake Irma $294.88
Lake Jean $217.78
Little Lake Fairview $148.42
South Lake Fairview $52.69
Orange County Total $22,152,373.61
Orange County Library – Operating $388,509.47
Ranger Drainage District $6,886.95
South Florida Water
Management District
St. John’s District $161,470.82
Valencia Water Control District $2,404.14
Orlando Downtown Improvement $26,292.91
Orlando Downtown South $4,535.43
Tax Authorities Total $785,090.61
Total $22,937,464.22