Everyone knows that the Orange County Tax Collector and Property Appraiser don’t belong in the swanky Sun Trust Building Downtown. Including current Tax Collector Scott Randolph.
Yesterday, both Randolph and the controversial offices were highlighted in two very different media reports.
The first story, an article in the Orlando Sentinel, paints Randolph as a fiscally aware elected official who wants out of the Orange Ave address, who is currently in conflict with Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, who wants the search to play out before a decision is made. You can read that story HERE.
The second story is by WFTV which slams Randolph for hiring a lobbyist to communicate with County Commissioners. He says that the lobbyist allows him to concentrate completely on his job. Critics say that he should have saved the money and do his own communicating with the commissioner. He’s the only Tax Collector doing this and it pays 5K to the Consultant a month.
Randolph and Mayor Jacobs have a long standing feud stemming back to the Orange County Sick Time Fight where Randolph tried to sue Jacobs herself before changing the lawsuit to the County itself after it was determined it was filed incorrectly. He’s also a major supporter for Jacobs’ opponent, former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings.
Jacobs was also considering eliminating the Tax Collector Position itself after opinion leaders believed the office itself wasn’t needed. There are definitely political tactics in play here. The reason Randolph needed a lobbyist was possibly because he doesn’t have a strong working relationship with the Mayor or any of the Commissioners.
They’re scheduled to discuss the matter at the Board of County Commissioners Meeting today.