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 “Florida’s Center of Commerce.” 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.

Sumter County’s 2018 Tax Rates

Ad Valorem Taxes

Sumter County has lowered taxes almost every year in the previous 15 years and was recently named the 4th lowest county in Florida for property tax rates according to the Florida Tax Watch, 2019 How Florida Counties Compare report. This fiscal conservatism is a significant encouragement to new and existing business enterprises and a major asset in county economic development efforts.

Sumter County 6.7000
School District 5.4200
Water District 0.2801
TOTAL for County 12.4001

City of Bushnell 3.8691
City of Center Hill 4.1055
City of Coleman 4.3653
City of Webster 7.0000
City of Wildwood 3.3980

Meetings & Agendas

Meeting Information

Regular Meeting Schedule

  • Second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m.

Workshop Meeting Schedule

  • Third Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m.

Meeting Locations

  • Second Tuesdays:
    Everglades Regional Recreation Center
    5497 Marsh Bend Trail
    Grand Canyon Room
    The Villages, FL 34785
  • Third Tuesdays – Workshop:
    The Villages Sumter County Service Center
    7375 Powell Road
    Room 102
    Wildwood, FL 34785

  • Fourth Tuesdays:
    Everglades Regional Recreation Center
    5497 Marsh Bend Trail
    Grand Canyon Room
    The Villages, FL 34785