TALLAHASSEE - Eric Zwayer, tax collector for Highlands County, earned a special designation for excellence in the field of financial operations. A judging panel performed a detailed review of the tax collector's financial records, practices and use of technology in considering Zwayer for the honor.
"The Legacy Award is one of the highest achievements the Florida Tax Collector's Association can award a local tax collector," said FTCA President Diane Nelson, of Pinellas County.
Last year, the Highlands County Tax Collector's Office earned the Excellence in Financial Operations Award after demonstrating proficiency in four areas: innovation and automation; a perfect annual audit report; customer focus; and budgeting.
For the 2013 Legacy Award, Zwayer further demonstrated that the office had enhanced its financial operations.
A five-person judging panel made up of government financial executives from Florida reviewed the tax collector's processes as related to the four areas of competency.
Florida tax collectors collect and distribute more than $27 billion in public funds each year.