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Lee County tax collector dies following lengthy illness

April 4, 2012
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Lee County Tax Collector Catherine M. Curtis, 52, died shortly before noon Wednesday after a lengthy illness. She was born Nov. 25, 1959, in Fort Walton Beach and was elected Lee County Tax Collector in 2000.

Prior to her serving as Tax Collector, Curtis worked nine years in the private sector as a practicing Certified Public Accountant auditing real estate and life insurance companies, governmental agencies including constitutional officers, counties, cities, and public school districts. She was Collier County Controller from 1991 to 1994, and Management and Budget Director for the City of Fort Myers from 1994 to 2000.

Curtis earned her Associate of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, Munich, Germany campus, a Bachelor of Business Administration from Northeast Louisiana University.

"Her vision and leadership enabled her to provide excellent customer service to the citizens of Lee County." her office said in a prepared statement.

Service information wis pending.

Source: Office of the Lee County Tax Collector

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Cathy Curtis, Lee County Tax Collector

Mrs. Curtis was born in Fort Walton Beach, and has been a Lee County resident since 1989.

She earned an Associate of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland, Munich Germany campus, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Northeast Louisiana University in 1982.

Her work history includes:

Nine years in the private sector as a practicing Certified Public Accountant auditing real estate and life insurance companies, governmental agencies including constitutional officers, counties, cities, and public school districts

Controller for Collier County from 1991 to 1994

Management and Budget Director for the City of Fort Myers, until winning the office of Tax Collector

Elected Tax Collector in 2000, re-elected in, 2004 and 2008

Professional Affiliations:

A member of the Florida Tax Collectors Association, serving as Treasurer from 2006-2010

Member of Government Finance Officers Association

Certified Florida Collector

While in office, Cathy Curtis has implemented a number of changes, improving the quality of service to the community:

Each office has added an express window for faster service of simple renewals and tax payments

Now provides Driver License services for all of Lee County, with six service locations to better serve the public

Instrumental in streamlining the Local Business Tax (formerly Occupational License) application process, in most instances eliminating the need to visit several agencies to complete the process

Most property tax, motor vehicle/vessel, and mobile home transactions can be conveniently handled without coming into one of the offices

Instituted the use of public service announcements to deliver a broader base of information to the general public

The number #1 Goal of the Lee County Tax Collector's Office is "excellent" Customer Service.

 
 

 

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