Florida Senate - 2013                                    SB 1026
       By Senator Thrasher
       6-00397C-13                                           20131026__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to tax collectors; amending s.
    3         197.332, F.S.; specifying that the tax collector may
    4         collect delinquent taxes by processing tax deed
    5         applications; providing an effective date.
    7  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
    9         Section 1. Subsection (1) of section 197.332, Florida
   10  Statutes, is amended to read:
   11         197.332 Duties of tax collectors; branch offices.—
   12         (1) The tax collector has the authority and obligation to
   13  collect all taxes as shown on the tax roll by the date of
   14  delinquency or to collect delinquent taxes, interest, and costs,
   15  by sale of tax certificates on real property, by processing tax
   16  deed applications, and by seizure and sale of personal property.
   17  In exercising their powers to contract, the tax collector may
   18  perform such duties by use of contracted services or products or
   19  by electronic means. The use of contracted services, products,
   20  or vendors does not diminish the responsibility or liability of
   21  the tax collector to perform such duties pursuant to law. The
   22  tax collector may collect the cost of contracted services. The
   23  tax collector may also collect and reasonable attorney
   24  attorney’s fees and court costs in actions on proceedings to
   25  recover delinquent taxes, interest, and costs.
   26         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2013.