Sumter County Florida Government

Sumter County government has a reputation for being a strong advocate of business. Florida has a variety of advantages that make it an attractive location for nearly every type of business and industry. Progressive legislation continues to ensure that Florida will remain a magnet for new and expanding businesses. State and local business assistance programs are designed to be business friendly. All local government jurisdictions strive to create an equitable taxing policy, balancing the needs of residents with fiscal responsibility.

Sumter County is located in the heart of one of the fastest growing states in America, encompassing 574 square miles, including 19 square miles of inland water. Geographically located in the center of the state, it is referred to as the “Crossroads of Central Florida.” Interstate 75, US Highway 301, State Road 44, and the Florida Turnpike connect Sumter County with major metropolitan areas throughout the state, and with the nation’s highway network.

Exemptions

Florida Statutes define property tax exemptions that are available in the State of Florida. Application for these exemptions must be made between January 1st and March 1st of the year for which you apply. The initial application must be made in person at the Property Appraiser’s office. Read more about tax exemptions.

Sumter County Tax Collector

The office of Tax Collector was established in the 1885 state constitution. The office is currently held by Randy Mask, former County Commissioner and longtime community and Chamber supporter. The Tax Collector serves a four year term and is elected at the same time as the President of the United States.

The Tax Collector is responsible for the collection of ad valorem taxes and other taxes set at the local level. The Tax Collector also acts as an agent of several state departments, including the Dept. of Revenue, the Dept. of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, and the Fresh Water Fish Commission.

The Tax Collector bills and collects real and personal property taxes for the Dept. of Revenue. As an agent of the Dept. of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the Tax Collector issues state motor vehicle licenses and processes applications for titles on automobiles, trucks, mobile homes, and boats. The Tax Collector also sells Hunting and Fishing licenses for the State.

Taxing Districts

Taxing districts are geographic areas of the county in which property taxes are levied at the same rate. Each of the incorporated cities in Sumter County is a taxing district. In an unincorporated area of the county, the millage levy includes the rates levied by the Sumter County Commission, the Sumter County School Board, Southwest Florida Water Management District and the Withlacoochee River Basin.

Inside each city, the millage levy includes these same rates, plus the millage rate levied by that respective City Commission. For example, a property in the City of Bushnell would pay taxes based on the millages levied by adding the total for the county to the City of Bushnell amount.

 

 Certified 2012 Millage by Taxing Authority

Sumter County 6.3500
Public Schools 6.4820
SWFWMD 0.3928
Withlacoochee River Basin 0.2308
TOTAL for County 13.2248
City of Bushnell 4.9918
City of Center Hill 4.3899
City of Webster 7.000
City of Wildwood 4.1693
If your parcel is located within one of the above Municipalities, you must add the Mill Rate as provided to the County Millage prior to calculating your taxes

Source: Sumter County Property Appraiser

 

Non Ad Valorem Assessments

Item City County
Fire Assessment Sumter Fire District None Residential $106.00 Per Improved Parcel
Commercial $106.00 Per Improved Parcel
Fire Assessment The Villages Fire District None Residential $70.00 Per Improved Parcel
Commercial $81.00 Per Improved Parcel

 

Schedule of Government Meetings

Board of County Commissioners

Regular Meetings: Second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 5:00 pm
Workshop Meeting: Third Tuesday of every month at 5:00 pm

Meeting Locations:
Second Tuesdays: Sumter County Government Annex, 910 Main St., Room 142, Bushnell, FL 33513
Third Tuesdays:The Villages Sumter County Service Center, 7375 Powell Road, Wildwood, FL 34785
Fourth Tuesdays: Colony Cottage Regional Recreation Center , 510 Colony Blvd., Parlor Room, The Villages, FL 32162

City of Wildwood

Regular City Commission Meetings: 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m., in the Commission Chamber at City Hall, 100 N. Main Street, Wildwood, FL 34785

City of Bushnell

The City Council’s regular meetings are held once monthly on the first Monday of the month at 6:00 pm. The Council Chambers are located on the first floor of the City Hall at 117 E. Joe P. Strickland, Jr. Avenue.

City of Webster

City Council Meeting: third Thursday of each month at 6:00pm at City Hall, 49 SE 1st Street, Webster, FL 33597

City of Coleman

City Council meeting: Second Monday of each month at 7:00pm at City Hall, 3502 East Warm Springs Avenue, Coleman, FL 33521

City of Center Hill

City Council Meeting: First Tuesday after the First Monday of every month at 7:00pm at City Hall, 94 S Virginia Avenue, Center Hill, FL 33514