Sam Steele accepts the 2022 Excellence in Financial Operations Award and a Certificate of Merit at the Florida Tax Collectors Association Fall Education Forum. CONTRIBUTED

Monroe County Tax Collector Sam Steele accepted the Florida Tax Collectors Association’s 2022 Excellence in Financial Operations Award and Certificate of Achievement at its annual fall education forum. This is the first time the Monroe County Tax Collector’s Office has won these prestigious awards.

To earn this recognition, a five-person jury of government finance officials from across Florida reviewed processes in the following areas:

• Client orientation
• Innovation and automation
• Perfect annual audit report
• Budgeting

This rigorous and comprehensive review focused on financial records, practices and use of technology.

“Since taking office in January 2021, our organization’s mission has been to exceed customer service expectations through innovation and modernization,” Steele said. “This award validates our dedication to our mission, and I couldn’t be more proud of our team and what we’ve accomplished in such a short time.”

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Esther L. Steinbach