We are excited to announce that Anne Gannon has been endorsed by the Palm Beach Post Editorial Board.
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Post endorses: Gannon to keep up the fight for PBC residents
The Palm Beach Post Editorial Board
Renewing your Florida driver’s license, paying personal property taxes, applying for TSA PreCheck or obtaining certified copies of birth certificates — it seems that the road to a wide range of services involving local, state and federal governments go through the Palm Beach County Tax Collector’s Office.
In an office that requires administrative management skills, an understanding of tax laws, government services and procedures that facilitate revenue collection, and fostering innovation, experience should count for something. That’s why voters in the Nov. 3 election should give the incumbent county tax collector, Anne M. Gannon, another four-year term.
This is no small operation. It is responsible for collecting an estimated $4.2 billion in property taxes from more than 635,000 homeowners and businesses — from sole proprietorships to corporations, including Florida Power & Light Co., Breakers Palm Beach Inc. and U.S. Sugar Corp. The office is also responsible for a variety of services, including the aforementioned driver’s licenses, disabled-person parking permits, birth certificates, digital fingerprinting and a new business listings subscription service.
Gannon, a former state lawmaker, is knowledgeable about the county’s needs and has done a credible job in overseeing the office. She has been lauded for the office’s gains in customer service, and told the Post Editorial Board that she has ongoing efforts to update operating systems to provide services more efficiently and improve training.
More recently, the office spent more than $200,000 on COVID-19-related improvements such as new air filters, partitions to ensure social distancing and changes to driving tests to help reduce the virus spread during the pandemic. Also notably, Gannon has been dogged in going after Airbnb, TripAdvisor, Homeaway and other vacation rental platforms to ensure county taxpayers receive due revenue, similar to the “bed tax” that is collected from local hotels. Gannon, who doubles as president of the Florida Tax Collectors’ Association, has taken the fight all the way to the Florida Supreme Court.
The Post endorses Gannon for another term.
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