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History of the Tax Collector

The history of the Tax Collector dates back to the late 1800s.  Florida’s Constitution first mentioned a “Revenue Collector” in 1868.  The Revenue Collector was created as a state responsibility in each county.  Revenue Collectors were appointed by the Governor for two-year terms. In 1885 the Constitutional Tax Collector became an elected official. 

Thirteen people have served in the job in Palm Beach County including Anne Gannon, who is currently our elected Constitutional Tax Collector.  Gannon was elected in November 2006. She is the first woman to hold the position.

Name

Term

Years

John F. Highsmith

1896 - 1902

6 (approx.)

T. J. Campbell 

1910 - 1920

10

Alvin B. Crow

1921 - 1924

3

Roy O. Bannon

1925 - 1932

7

Thomas J. Campbell

1933 - 1936

3

Stetson O. Sproul

1937 - 1968

31

Charles E. McGehee

1969 - 1972

3

Walter H. Bahneman

1972

1

Warren H. Kramer

1973 - 1974

2

Allen C. Clark

1974 - 1991

17

John K. Clark

1991 – 2006

15

Peter H. Carney

2006

1/2

Anne M. Gannon

2006 – present

 

 

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