The Volusia tax collector wants to move his offices to Deltona by the end of the year
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect the correction of two errors. Orange City offices will be consolidated into the Volusia Avenue office. The $ 22 for each concealed carry permit and the $ 12 for a renewal is the revenue the collector’s office loses.
The largest city in Volusia County has no tax collector’s office.
But Deltona could see one come to fruition by the end of this year, or at least that’s the goal.
Will Roberts, Volusia County’s first tax collector in 50 years, recently shared his plans with the City of Deltona Commission.
âI’m currently working with the City of Deltona, Volusia County to make sure we find a good efficient, economical space, and we’re trying to do that by the end of this year,â Roberts said. during the committee meeting on April 19. “Now of course that will create more expense.”
Roberts estimates it would cost around $ 450,000 to build into an existing structure. Currently, the nearest offices are in DeLand at the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center or in Orange City at 2744 Enterprise Road.
âIt’s going to create more staff and more overhead, but it’s worth it to provide the best possible customer service that we can provide to the Town of Deltona and its residents,â said Roberts.
The announcement was applauded by Doug MacDonald, a resident of Deltona.
“Yes, sir, absolutely,” replied Roberts.
Mayor Heidi Herzberg said having a tax collector’s office in Deltona would serve residents well.
“The expansion of the services he wants to do there is great,” Herzberg said over the phone.
The tax collector’s office is also working on being able to issue concealed port permits. Currently, residents must leave Volusia County to obtain one.
Each month, Flagler County sees about 1,200 Volusia residents for this service, Roberts said. That’s a loss of revenue of $ 22 for each new license and $ 12 for each renewal.
Flagler County added the Concealed Transportation Permit service in 2016. Now that the Tax Collector is a Volusia County constitutional office, the office is also working on adding the service.
He also told Orange City that he is looking to co-locate the driver’s license office, 2575 S. Volusia Ave., with the tax office, 2744 Enterprise Road, by the end of this fiscal year. The idea is to bring the tax services to the Volusia office, which would save money.
âFrom a public perspective, it’s more efficient and convenient for our residents to go to one location for multiple services rather than going to multiple locations,â Roberts said via email.
He said his office currently does a lot of tag and title business, one of the services taken over by the tax collector’s office.
Services now controlled by the tax collector can no longer be provided by private badge agencies.
Jason Strochak, who operates three of these in Volusia County, has a ongoing trial against Roberts on this.