I, Wendy Rich, would like to be your next Escambia County Tax Collector. With my experience and drive, I know I could succeed and bring an improved experience for you the citizens of Escambia County.
I promise to bring you a better tax collectors office whether paying taxes or utilizing any of the many services provided by any of the Tax Collector office locations in Escambia County.
I want the taxpaying public to know that I will work for you. I will listen to your needs and offer help where needed. I will treat you with respect and ensure all offices will be under my leadership.
I will be accessible to you to answer questions you may have. I will be there to answer your calls and address any problem or grievance you may have.
I want to have an “open door” policy, where the public can meet with me in my office or contact me by phone to discuss any issues, complaints, grievances or needs that are important to the taxpayer.
If elected I promise to make a visit to the tax collectors offices a more pleasant experience and not a dreaded endeavor as it is under the current administration.
I do not believe the office of Tax Collector should be affiliated with any political party. I choose to run as an Independent- No Party Affiliation candidate for the Office of Tax Collector of Escambia County.
This office should be independent and not favor any one political party.
The position of Tax Collector is all about public service. I will treat you with friendliness and respect and require staff in all tax office locations to subscribe to the same philosophy when dealing with the public.
Taxpayers will be my priority, and under my leadership you will be treated like a friend anytime you have dealings with the Tax collector’s office.
I believe the Tax Collector Office process and experience should be run with efficiency. I want your wait times to be minimized /shortened prioritizing the precious time of the taxpayer.
I have many ideas on how to make the process simpler and more enjoyable for the taxpaying public when utilizing the services provided by the tax collectors office. Options will be added at the Tax Office to make your life easier when dealing with the locations.
Especially in the area of internet tax collector services there is a great need for making the website easier to use and more navigable. I will see to it this is accomplished.
I want to add more services that are needed at each tax collectors office location. Among these would be additional drive through lanes added to the tax offices that don’t presently have drive through service.
I would like to offer notary services at the Tax Collector’s office. If needed maybe even an additional Tax Collector Office location may be created.
Everyone goes through a “time of need” and I don’t want to see any tax paying citizen lose their property due to the inflexibility of the tax collector in paying property tax.
I envision assisting the public with creative options to help the taxpayer meet their property tax payment obligations such as payment plans, deferments, extension of tax sale deadlines, abatements and other assistance to work with the taxpayer to avoid bad consequences.
I envision many improvements to the Tax Collector Offices. Already mentioned is the addition of drive through services at locations that don’t currently have drive through service. Increasing parking spaces at needed locations, especially Marcus Point Tax office where parking is presently very limited.
Expanding days for staying open after 5PM at select locations to assist the working public with extended hours on certain days. I want to improve the aesthetics of the office environment also.
Comfortable seating; beach, local scenes, historical, and Naval Aviation Museum Art; and a children’s area with a fun kid related format. I envision expanding Wi-Fi services at each location and providing water coolers while visiting the office.
Furthermore TV monitors and more entertaining video monitor selections will be added to each location. I also want to survey the taxpaying public for improvements they would like to see. Adding more retail outlets for hunting and fishing licenses for ease of access and acquisition for the public.
Better Tax Office Staff Relations
I believe that a happy tax office staff will transfer over to a more satisfied member of the public. I realize public service employment is difficult and often unappreciated. I plan to seek input and feedback regularly from staff on ways to improve the office for the public and the staff.
The staff will have an active role in improving the office in ways they see are needed. I would like to have a staff that is happy to the point of looking forward to coming to work every day.
Florida Licensed Auto/RV Boat & Motorcycle Dealers
I know that the sales tax, tag and title fees generated by Auto, RV, motorcycle and boat dealers is substantial. I want all tax offices to be available to take care of these needs, not just one office as is the case now.
As tax collector I will ensure there will be an immediate return to the days where licensed dealers can go to any tax collector's office location to process dealer work.
In Unforeseen Situations like Covid 19
I want the Tax Office to be available to the taxpayer without undue burdens and hardships especially in times of crisis.
Common sense precautions of course will be taken as needed for protection of office staff and the public safety without unnecessarily burdening the public and dealers as was done under the present administration during the Covid 19 crisis.
Military family raised
Law enforcement family
Family oriented having 4 children and 5 grandchildren
25 plus years working in highly structured and difficult business management
Results driven and motivated
Bachelors Science of Criminal Justice
Worked within multiple Military bases
Background in medical as well