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About the Tax Collector

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Born in Michigan, Sally Daniel moved to Hernando County in 1974. She married her husband, Michael, in 1976. They have two wonderful daughters, Katina Real (H-Mike) and Billie Jo Phillips (H-Frank).

In 1983, Sally started her career with the Hernando County Tax Collector. Throughout her years of service to Hernando County, she has processed many types of transactions in the office. Sally has worked in Property Taxes, DMV, Occupational Licenses, Hunting & Fishing Licenses, Phone Operator, Human Resources, Payroll and the Finance Department. At times, you will still find her answering phones or working at the counter in all three offices.

In 1986, Mrs. Daniel completed coursework with the University of Florida and Florida State University, rendering her a Certified Florida Collector Assistant with the Florida Department of Revenue. Unopposed, she was elected in 2012 and reelected in 2016. After being elected, Sally completed all prerequisites for the Department of Revenue in 2013, and is a Certified Florida Collector.

Sally is very involved with the Florida Tax Collector's Association on the Strategic Planning Committee and is currently Chair of the Hunting & Fishing Coalition for the State of Florida. Some of Sally's past affiliations have included being Vice President and serving on the Board for Habitat for Humanity of Hernando, being Treasurer and serving on the Board for Kiwanis Club of Brooksville, and serving on the Board for the Lighthouse for the Blind. In her free time, she enjoys fishing and reading.


It is the responsibility of the Hernando County Tax Collector to collect the myriad of taxes and fees imposed by all governmental units. The nature of the office under Florida's constitution and statutory system is two-fold: independent election; and budgetary review by the state. The Tax Collector deals with many state agencies, all local governments and all taxpayers within the county.

The revenue funding the office of the Tax Collector comes from state agency licensure through the charge of basic fees; the contract-based charging of certain fees or commissions between the Tax Collector and various local governments regarding special services; and statutory based commissions for collecting property taxes and some non-property assessments.

In addition to ad valorem property taxes, the Tax Collector also bills and collects special assessments generated by almost 100 municipal service benefit units for improvements such as street lighting, road paving, fire protection, subdivision maintenance, etc.