With the county’s licensing and tax-collection duties now being dealt with by a separate, stand-alone division overseen by an elected constitutional officer, Volusia County has established a brand new in-house division to handle water billing and associated points.
The Volusia County Council in December accepted the dissolution of the Income Division and the creation of the Treasury and Billing Division, reflecting the workplace’s revised position as required by Florida Modification 10.
Modification 10, also referred to as the Florida State and Native Authorities Construction Modification, was accepted by a statewide referendum in November 2018. One part of the multi-issue modification was a provision that requires each county to have 5 constitutional officers: tax collector, property appraiser, supervisor of elections, clerk of courts, and sheriff.
For the previous 50 years, since Volusia County voters accepted a home-rule constitution, elected constitution officers have served as property appraiser, sheriff and supervisor of elections, whereas knowledgeable income division has served because the county cashier and constitutional tax collector. That modified on Jan. 5, when these constitution officers transitioned to county constitutional officers and the brand new tax collector took workplace.
In Volusia County, the clerk of the courtroom has all the time been a constitutional officer.
Underneath its new identify, the county-run Treasury and Billing Division will proceed to deal with water-bill funds, the gathering of enterprise and vacationer taxes, and county cashier features. The division may also assume duty for emergency medical billing, funding administration, and different monetary issues assigned by the county supervisor.
“Our aim is to make the transition as clean as attainable for county residents,” division Director Craig Baumgardner mentioned. “We’ll proceed to supply customer-focused service and are planning a number of enterprise enhancements.”
The change didn’t contain hiring any new workers for the brand new division; all workers had been already present county workers, Baumgardner mentioned.
The Treasury and Billing Division is positioned within the house vacated by the Elections Division within the Historic Courthouse, 125 W. New York Ave., Room 120, in DeLand.
To make it simpler for residents to pay their water payments, the brand new division will set up fee kiosks on the public libraries in DeBary and Edgewater, the place most county water prospects dwell. Moreover, the libraries at Deltona, DeBary, Metropolis Island, Hope Place, Ormond Seashore, New Smyrna Seashore and Edgewater will start accepting in-person funds in January.
All of the fee places had been rolled out throughout the week the brand new workplace opened Jan. 4, Baumgardner mentioned.
In the meantime, the Tax Collector’s Workplace will stay within the Tax, Tag and Title house within the administration heart and three different places in Orange Metropolis, Daytona Seashore and New Smyrna Seashore.
The Tax Collector’s workers will deal with property taxes, tags and titles. Throughout the subsequent yr, the workplace is predicted to additionally tackle driver’s licenses, hid weapons permits and start certificates.