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Escambia County Tax Collector Receives State Excellence Award

The Florida Tax Collectors Association (FTCA) presented Scott Lunsford, Escambia County Tax Collector, with the Legacy Award for Continued Excellence in Financial Operations at the Fall Education Forum in Orlando. The award recognizes offices that have achieved innovation, customer focus, a well-managed budget and a clean audit in finance operations. The award is given only to those tax collectors previously recognized with the Excellence in Finance Operations Award.

"The Legacy Award is one of the highest achievements the Florida Tax Collectors Association can award a local tax collector," said Florida Tax Collectors, Inc. past-president Larry Hart of Lee County. "The judging process was arduous and included a detailed review of the financial functions of the tax collector's office. I am very proud to say that the Honorable Scott Lunsford has earned the designation. He represents the very top echelon of elected officials."

Previously, the office earned the Excellence in Financial Operations Award after demonstrating proficiency in four areas of expertise: innovation and automation, a perfect annual audit report, customer focus and budgeting. For the 2017 Legacy Award, Lunsford demonstrated that his office had further enhanced its financial operations by introducing new programs that have reduced overtime and postage, resulting in cost savings to the taxpayers.

"We have an extraordinary finance team who work diligently to ensure accuracy and excellence," said Lunsford. "The office also, for the sixth consecutive year, received a Certificate of Merit for achieving a clean audit. The staff of the accounting department are deserving of this recognition, and we are very proud of Chief Financial Officer, Brenda Chestnutt, and her accountants, Aimee Sluder, Lumi Williams and Jessica Grimes.”

A five-person judging panel made up of government financial executives throughout Florida reviewed the tax collector’s processes as related to the four areas of competency.

“The citizens of Escambia County can be very proud of the Honorable Scott Lunsford for the award-winning manner in which he operates the tax collector’s office,” Sharon Jordan, President of the FTCA, said. “The panelists’ review of his office went far and above reviewing his perfect audit report. The review included methods utilized by Mr. Lunsford to deliver service to the citizens he serves and consideration of the technological innovations he has developed and implemented.”

Published on: September 6, 2017