Von Fraser was born in Doerun, Georgia on February 22, 1938. He was the eighth child born to Wallace and Sallie Fraser. He was raised in a large family in a small, rural town with a strong work ethic. Operating a telephone switchboard at age 12 on long, hot summer evenings and a paper route to boot kept this youngster very busy. On summer breaks he picked cotton, cropped tobacco and stacked peanuts. When questioned about stacking peanuts he replied, "Anyone who grew up in rural Georgia in the l950's can tell you what that means!" His love for conversing with people was inherited from his mother, Sallie. With her nine children gathered around the dinner table on Sundays, she enjoyed sharing stories of growing up in rural Georgia. When questioned why he talks fast, Von replied, he had to talk fast to get a word in edgewise with eleven people at one table.
Sales tax is required, by Florida Statute, at 6% of the purchase price, less trade-in, on vehicle, vessel or mobile home purchases. As an agent for The Florida Department of Revenue, the Tax Collector is responsible for collection, and disbursement of this state sales tax.
In high school, Von was active in the Boy Scouts, Drama Club and Beta Club. He was voted "Mr. Senior" and "Most Likely to Succeed" by his senior class. Upon graduation, Von was unable to attend college due to family financial difficulties. He worked several jobs to ease the burden while saving for college.
He enlisted in the Army in 1961 where he served for three years. During his tour of duty, he served in the Fort Bliss Honor Guard who welcomed President John F. Kennedy to El Paso in the summer of 1963. During his tenure, he became a non-commissioned officer and supervised up to 15 men in the trainee pay section of finance and accounting.
After his tour of duty, he returned to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida and pursued a degree in business administration. He financed his college education by first becoming a street sales carrier for the Gainesville Sun and later becoming street sales manager. During his nine-year tenure with the Gainesville Sun, neither he nor his carriers ever missed a delivery deadline.
Von received his BSBA in accounting from UF in 1969. Later, he enrolled in graduate school at the University of Florida. In 1992 he received his Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of North Florida.
In 1977, he was hired by the Alachua County Clerk of the Court as a supervisor in Finance and Accounting. In that position he supervised the processing of as many as 10,000 accounts payable vouchers and handled a payroll of up to 2,500 personnel annually.
In 1981, he was hired by the Alachua County Tax Collector where he held the position of assistant tax collector, before being elected the Tax Collector in November, 2000. During the last 32 years, Von has assisted thousands of taxpayers with their tax problems. No tax payer's concern is too small or large for Von to give his utmost attention.
His willingness to help people led him to become involved in Habitat for Humanity where he serves on the Board of Direcors. In this position he has been able to assist many families to become first time home owners.
Tax Collectors are independent constitutional officers duly elected from their counties of residence by their fellow citizens and taxpayers. It is this independence coupled with the fact that Tax Collectors deal with a variety of duties and responsibilities and provide a myriad of important public services, that allow them to exercise valuable leadership roles in Florida's government.
- Habitat for Humanity, 1994-present; Member, Site Selection Committee, Member Board of Directors 1997-present
- Crystal Lake Environmental Organization (CLEO), 1988-2000; President (1989-1991)
- St. John's River Water Management District Upper Etonia Basin Advisory Committee, Member (1989-1991)
- Timberway Homeowner's Association, 1985-1990; President and Vice-President.
- Florida Credit Union; Member since 1975, Member of the Asset and Liabilities Committee (1995-1997), elected to the Board of Directors in 1997 - present (sitting Chairman and former Treasurer). North Central Florida Credit Union (merged with First Credit Union); Member since 1978; Treasurer, 1980-1988 and 1991-1992; President, 1988-1990
- Member Gator City Kiwanis, 1980-2001
- Graduate Leadership Gainesville XXI, Member; Gainesville Leadership Alumni Association, 1993-present;
- Member Florida Cattleman's Association, 1992-present
- Member of Eastside Student Assistance (ESSA)
- Member of Metcalfe Student Advisory Council
- Member of Metcalfe Elementary School PTA
- Member Sierra Club, 1999-present
- Member UF Alumni Association 2000-present
- Member Alachua County Democratic Executive Committee, 1984-present; Treasurer, 1990-1992
- Member Alachua County Historic Trust, 1993-present
- Member International Right-of-Way Association, 1993-present
- Member IRWA Affiliate Chapter #77, 1993-present, Treasurer, 1995-1997
- Member League of Women Voters, 1990-present
- Member Florida Free Speech Forum, 1997-present
- Member Loyal Order of Moose #1140, 1983-2003
- Member 4 A's 2006-present
- Member Florida Blue Key 2004-present
- Member Gainesville Lion's Club 2006-present
- Board Member Cotton Club Museum and Culture Center (CCMCC) 2005-present
- Board Member Bell's Nursery 2004-present
- Board Member and Financial Advisor Newberry Development Inc 2005-present
- Member Audubon Society 2004-present
- Member Duval Community Arts Council
- Member Duval Elementary School PTA
- Member NAACP
- Attends Several Churches Throughout Alachua County
- Honorary Deacon Third Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
- Honorary Deacon Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church
- Honorary Member Florida A&M University Gainesville Alumni Association
The elected county office of Tax Collector in Florida was established in the 1885 State Constitution based on the idea that local taxes could best be collected at the local level. By being an elected office the Tax Collector would be more responsible to the needs of the community from which he was elected.
Along with their involvement in their own personnel and financial management matters, Tax Collectors participate in the management of the executive branches of state government which include the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the Department of Revenue.
The Tax Collector sees all of these departments as a whole and, consequently, is able to coordinate and analyze the impact they have collectively. Staff members from various departments of state along with state legislators should and do draw heavily on the broad base of knowledge accumulated by the Tax Collectors in drafting tax legislation and establishing rules and regulations for carrying out the laws regarding the collection of taxes.
The Office of Tax Collector is authorized by Florida's Constitution, as a separate entity from other County Departments or Agencies. The Tax Collector is elected by the Electors of Alachua County and is privileged to serve four year terms.
The Tax Collector is an agent for various state and local government agencies, for the collection of revenue and public funding. It is the responsibility of the Tax Collector to invest these revenues and funds, pending their timely distribution, to various state, local agencies, and taxing authorities.
The Tax Collector operates as a "fee officer", which means a fee or commission is earned for the services rendered. These fees and commissions are outlined in the Florida Statutes, and established by the Florida Legislature. The annual budget must be approved by the Florida Department of Revenue, and includes any amendments made during each fiscal year. Excess fees are remitted to each government agency, in the same proportion as they were paid, at the end of each fiscal year.
Ad Valorem and non-Ad Valorem Taxes
The Tax Collector is responsible for collecting and distributing taxes, from information provided on the annual tax roll, which is provided by the Property Appraiser's Office. The Ad Valorem tax roll consists of real estate taxes and tangible personal property taxes. Non-Ad Valorem assessments are primarily assessments for fire services and solid waste collection and disposal. The collection of taxes, as well as the assessment, is in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Florida Department of Revenue, and Florida Statutes. These taxes are collected; beginning November 1st each year, and become delinquent April 1st. Discounts are given for early payment.
On or before June 1st each year, the Tax Collector holds a tax certificate sale, on properties with unpaid real estate taxes. The purpose of the sale is to collect unpaid taxes on behalf of the numerous taxing authorities. A tax certificate represents a lien on the property. When a tax certificate is redeemed, the Tax Collector is responsible for remitting the funds to the certificate holder. Funds for a County held certificate are dispersed to the different taxing authorities.
Note: Real Estate Taxes and Tangible Personal Property Taxes may be paid in installments. You may download the application, or stop by the Main Office and pick them up. For more information please call the Main Office, 352-374-5236
Tangible Personal Property Taxes
This is a tax levied against equipment, furniture, and supplies of a business, or attachments to a mobile home located in a mobile home park. The assessed value is determined by the Property Appraiser, and the tangible roll is then certified to the tax Collector for collection. The statements are mailed at the same time as real estate bills, and receive the same discounts.
Note: Real Estate Taxes and Tangible Personal Property Taxes may be paid in installments. You may download the application, or stop by the Main Office and pick them up. For more information please call the Main Office, 352-374-5236.
Local Business Tax
A Local Business Tax is a miscellaneous tax imposed by local government, in accordance with county ordinance, which also charges the Tax Collector with the responsibility of collection and disbursement of fees. The Receipt grants the privilege of engaging in or managing a business, the fee for these Receipts is $ 52.50-$ 525.00 per year. The receipt expires September 30th each year and is renewable on or before October 1st.
Tourist Development Tax
Florida Legislature amended the "Local Option Tourist Development Act", to allow for collection and administration of the tourist tax at the local level. The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners adopted an ordinance, which provides for collection, and administration of the tourist tax, and charged the Tax Collector with the duty of collection and distribution.
Hunting and Fishing Licenses
As an agent for The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Tax Collector is responsible for the sale of hunting and fishing permits. There are agencies, such as retail outlets, fishing tackle retailers, and others located around the County to assist in the sale of these permits.
As an agent for The Department of Highway Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles, the Tax Collector is responsible for issuance of automobile license plates/decals, mobile home decals, disabled persons parking permits, vessel decals, and title applications where applicable. The Tax Collector is responsible for maintenance of records, reporting sales, accounting for inventory, and dispersing monies collected in a timely manner to the Division of Motor Vehicles. The issuance of registrations and title applications is done in accordance with rules and regulations of the Department of Highway Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles, and Florida Statutes.
As an agent for The Department of Highway Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles, the Tax Collector is responsible for the issuance of Driver Licenses. The Tax Collector is responsible for maintenance of records, accounting for inventory, and dispersing monies collected in a timely manner to the Division of Motor Vehicles. The issuance of Driver Licenses is done in accordance with rules and regulations of the Department of Highway Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles, and Florida Statutes. The Tax Collector is also responsible for clearing Driver License suspensions and revocations, conducting driving tests, and issuing written tests for Driver Licenses in accordance with Florida Statutes.
More detailed information on each of these services is provided throughout this web site. You may also, call our office at 352-374-5236 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tax Collector's Office will be closed in observance of the following holidays in 2013:
- New Year's Day (1/1/13)
- Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday (1/21/2013)
- President's Day (2/18/2013)
- Memorial Day (5/27/2013)
- Independence Day (7/4/2013)
- Labor Day (9/2/2013)
- Veteran's Day (11/11/2013)
- Thanksgiving Day (11/28/2013)
- Friday following Thanksgiving Day (11/29/2013)
- Christmas Holiday (12/24/2013)
- Christmas Holiday (12/25/2013)