Update from Scott Randolph

Citing historically high property values, new construction and continued population growth, Orange County Tax Collector Scott Randolph today announced that his office has set new records for revenue collection and transactions conducted, surpassing $2.6 billion in total revenue collected for the first time. The Tax Collector’s office collects real estate taxes, tangible personal property taxes, local business taxes and motor vehicle fees on behalf of more than 67 taxing authorities and state agencies.

“Ten years after the Great Recession ended, our real estate market has not only fully recovered, but has well surpassed the highs of the previous decade,” Tax Collector Scott Randolph said. “That’s great news for every Orange County resident because higher property values mean more revenue for local governments to invest in public schools, infrastructure and our quality of life.”

New data compiled by the Tax Collector’s office show that revenue from real estate taxes has fully recovered from the Great Recession of 2007-2009, which followed the housing market crash of 2006. For the third consecutive year, the amount of real estate taxes collected surpassed the previous highs in 2008 and 2009. For the fiscal year that covers October 2018 through September 2019, the Orange County Tax Collector’s office collected more than $2.3 billion in real estate taxes, $181.3 million in tangible personal property taxes, $4.0 million in business taxes and $83.5 million in motor vehicle fees, which include driver’s license and registration fees, for a total of more than $2.6 billion in revenue collected, which is then distributed to the various taxing authorities, including Orange County.

The Tax Collector’s office also set a record for transactions conducted, performing more than 2.6 million transactions for Orange County residents, which include more than:

  • 4 million tag and title transactions;
  • 475,000 property tax transactions;
  • 468,000 driver’s license transactions; and
  • 74,000 business tax transactions.

Real Estate Taxes Collected by the Orange County Tax Collector’s Office

Fiscal Year Real Estate Taxes
2018-19 $2,359,172,446.16
2017-18 $2,096,985,660.61
2016-17 $1,906,440,519.55
2015-16 $1,766,246,253.95
2014-15 $1,654,858,363.64
2013-14 $1,529,216,946.29
2012-13 $1,470,833,281.91
2011-12 $1,527,917,012.61
2010-11 $1,525,198,695.04
2009-10 $1,748,210,896.58
2008-09 $1,892,042,570.69
2007-08 $1,815,689,190.24
2006-07 $1,689,207,163.91
2005-06 $1,426,122,688.30
2004-05 $1,254,196,547.85