The Jackson County Tax Collector’s office will be opening back up their North Entry at the Courthouse as the 2020 Ad Valorem tax collections begin. The North or Front office has beenKnown as the Tax Department since the retired Tax Collector, Betty F. Hatcher cut an opening through the wall adjoining her office to the vacated County Commissioner’s meeting room. Due to Hurricane Michael’s damages to the tax collector’s office, the office relocated to their Driver License and branch offices for 11 months. However, their reopening in September last year came with some changes. They became a one stop shop at both entrances of the courthouse assisting customers with their taxes, license plates and hunting and fishing license. This spring, the North side and branch offices closed due to COVID-19, turning it into a call and mail center, as long lines awaited outside the door and calls from all over the state made their way to Jackson County for service. This week it will be turned back into the tax department again. However, if you need to renew your tag also, it can be done there too. On the other hand, the West entrance will focus more on title and tag transactions but can also collect property taxes there as well. This will help streamline customer waiting time. Due to social distancing and small size of their lobbies, customers are only able to come inside if a clerk is available to help them.
The branch offices will also be reopening this week in Graceville and Sneads. The Sneads office will be open on Thursdays and Fridays from 8:00-4:00. The new Graceville location is 5422 Cliff St. Graceville FL and will be open there on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:00-4:00. Murdock says, “We are happy to be opening back up and moving into Jackson County’s new facility as we continue to move forward.”