Hillsborough County tax collector Doug Belden retires after 22 years


HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Hillsborough County Tax Collector Doug Belden officially retired on Wednesday after two decades of service.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor presented Belden with a retirement proclamation.

Belden, who was born and raised in Tampa, was elected a tax collector in 1998 and re-elected in each subsequent election until his retirement.

In his proclamation, Castor said that during Belden’s years of service, his “commitment sparked
positive change in the office ”, including …

  • Be the first in Florida to deploy Q-MATIC software
  • Launching e-commerce and accepting e-check payments
  • Creation of a Spanish website
  • Successful merger of motor vehicle and tax and license call centers and addition of service points
  • Completely updated and improved the Tax Collector’s website
  • Continuously streamlined and improved customer service, such as a dedicated call center and service kiosks

Castor said these accomplishments have helped the tax collector’s office consistently achieve over 96% customer satisfaction ratings.

He has served the community through many roles and organizations such as the Tampa Convention Hotel Mayor’s Selection Committee, the New York Yankee Foundation, the Tampa Sports Authority, the Academy of Holy Names Board, the Florida Sterling Foundation and Council , the Boy Scouts of America Executive Council, and the American Heart Association.

Belden graduated from Tampa Catholic High School and attended the University of South Florida where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 1976.

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