Rhonda Skipper

Walton County Tax Collector Rhonda Skipper was presented with the Excellence in Finance Operations Legacy Award by the Florida Tax Collector's Association for the seventh year in a row at the Fall Education Forum. The award recognizes offices who have achieved innovation, customer focus, a well-managed budget and clean audit in the finance operations of the office and who previously were recognized with the Excellence in Finance Operations Award.

"The Legacy Award is one of the highest achievements the Florida Tax Collector's Association can award a local tax collector," said Florida Tax Collectors Inc. Past-President Sharon Jordan of Suwannee County. "The judging process was arduous and included a detailed review of the financial functions of the Tax Collector's Office. I am very proud to say that Honorable Rhonda Skipper has earned the designation. She represents the very top echelon of elected officials."

Previously, Skipper earned the Excellence in Financial Operations Award after demonstrating proficiency in four areas of expertise: Innovation & Automation; a Perfect Annual Audit Report; Customer Focus; and Budgeting.

For the 2018 Legacy Award, Skipper demonstrated that her office had further enhanced its financial operations. A judging panel made up of government financial executives from throughout Florida reviewed the Tax Collector's processes as related to the four areas of competency.

"We have a fantastic finance team that works diligently to ensure we are innovating in our daily work processes to reduce redundancy and ensure accuracy," Skipper said. "Finance Director Nathan Thomas and Finance Officer Troy Dupree ensure every penny is accounted for and accounts are balanced daily. Our team is very proud of them and they are very deserving of this recognition."