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2017 Excellence In The Field Of Financial Operations

Martin County Tax Collector Ruth Pietruszewski
Receives State Award for Excellence

Tallahassee – Ruth Pietruszewski, Tax Collector for Martin County, has again earned a special designation for excellence in the field of financial operations.

The process involved for consideration of the Legacy Award is rigorous and includes a comprehensive review of the financial functions of the Tax Collector’s Office, to include a meticulous review, by a judging panel, of the Tax Collectors’ financial records, practices and use of technology.

“The Legacy Award is one of the most significant honors the Florida Tax Collectors Association awards a local Tax Collector,” said Association President, Sharon Jordan, of Suwannee County. I am incredibly pleased to say that Ruth Pietruszewski has earned the designation for excellence in the field of financial operations.”

A five person judging panel made up of government financial executives from throughout Florida examined the Tax Collector’s processes as related to the following four areas of competency:

• Innovation & Automation;
• Perfect Annual Audit Report;
• Customer Focus; and
• Budgeting

As mentioned, Ruth Pietruszewski has consistently earned the Excellence in Financial Operations Award after exhibiting proficiency in these four areas of expertise. However, for the 2017 Legacy Award, Ms. Pietruszewski demonstrated that her office had even further enhanced its financial operations.

Ruth Pietruszewski has consistently proven that she operates her office in an exemplary and award-winning manner,” said Sharon Jordan, President of the Florida Tax Collectors Association. “The panelists’ review of her office far exceeded simply reviewing her perfect audit report. Ms. Pietruszewski’s methods for delivering service to the people she serves and consideration of the technological innovations she has developed and put into place were also analyzed.”

Tax Collectors carry out State of Florida work at the local level on behalf of Florida’s citizens including property tax collections and enforcement; drivers’ licenses and motor vehicle services; hunting and fishing licenses; birth certificates, and so much more.
Contact: Tim Qualls, FTCA Executive Director - (850)222-7206 -

2012;2013;2014;2015;2016;2017;2018 Legacy Award for Continued Excellence - Details

The Legacy Award is one of the highest achievements the Florida Tax Collector’s Association can award a local Tax Collector,” said FTCA President Maloy of Leon County. “The judging process was arduous and included a detailed review of the financial functions of the Tax Collector’s Office. I am very proud to say that Honorable Pietruszewski has earned the designation. She represents the very top echelon of elected officials.”
2011 Excellence In Finance Operations Award - Details

Four areas of competency were judged for the Designation for Excellence in Financial Operations.

The four areas are:
Innovation & Automation
Innovation and automation are hallmarks of the most efficient government agencies and are integral to the success of the office. The award recognized a practice/procedure that utilized a newer concept or innovation that increased the office’s productivity and functions/activities that increased efficiency. The concept had to be deployed within the last 12 months. Documented proof of actual dollars saved must be submitted to earn the designation.
Annual Audit Report
The designation is only awarded to Tax Collector offices who earn an annual audit report clean of any material findings.
Customer Focus
Customer service is measured for both internal and external customers to be awarded the designation of excellence.
The award was judged on: adherence to an original budget; ratio of budgeted amounts to actual expenses; ratio of budgeted amount to actual revenues; creation of logic or in-house tools used in budgeting; other special tools used to measure a budget with the exclusion of a particular accounting software; in-house tools that utilize the core data from accounting software and incorporate an additional enhancement above and beyond the accounting software.
2011;2012;2013;2014;2015;2016;2017;2018 Certificate of Merit
Clean audit free of any findings.

8/9/2011 New Law Permits Veterans Designation On Florida Driver License
- Present their DD-214, which shows their honorable discharge from active duty.
- Pay a one-time $1 fee, in addition to the replacement or renewal fee.
- For more information verifying a veterans Active Military Services - please call our office 288 - 5600.

Veterans who need to obtain a copy of their DD-214, may request it through the National Archives, which provides information on how to make the request online at:
11/1/2010 Schedule Driver License Road Test online

Driver License road test scheduling is now available 24/7 (24 hours a day/7 days a week) online. Customers can schedule appointments from the comfort of their home. Appointments can be scheduled at the Stuart, Hobe Sound or Palm City offices where all driver license services are available.
Click here to schedule a road test appointment.. All other services are walk-ins.
9/29/2010 Validity of Puerto Rico birth certificates extended until October 30, 2010.

The transition period for the current Puerto Rico birth certificates have been extended through October 30, 2010. Details: The old Puerto Rico birth certificates issued before July 1, 2010 will continue being legally valid according to the laws of Puerto Rico through October 30, 2010. This is the final extension of validity allowed under current law. Beginning Monday, November 1, 2010, we will accept only the Puerto Rico birth certificates issued on or after July 1, 2010.
Click here for more information. For more information on New Puerto Rican Birth Certificate requirements click here.
2/18/2016 Press Release - Concealed Weapons

Ruth “Ski” Pietruszewski, Martin County Tax Collector, is proud to announce that we have taken steps to upgrade our current concealed weapon application processing system and will begin processing renewals on September 3, 2015. Public services work best when their design and delivery are focused on the need of the “people first” who use them. “People First” is our top priority!

Please call (772) 419-4541 or e-mail us at to make your appointment.

We are strongly committed to finding the best ways to serve the public!”
2/18/2016 Press Release - Concealed Weapons

Ruth “Ski” Pietruszewski, Martin County Tax Collector, proudly announces the tax collector office’s recent partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to offer “fast-track” intake service for concealed weapon permit applications.

We place a high value on public service by providing our constituents with a better, more efficient, convenient, easier, and speedier service. As partners with the Department of Agriculture we both save time and resources. Both the fingerprinting and photo will be done here on site at our main Stuart location offering residents a “one-stop, fast-track” processing. We electronically deliver the application so the turnaround time to receive the permit will be shortened by at least two weeks.

Please call (772) 419-4541 or e-mail us at to make your appointment.

We are strongly committed to finding the best ways to serve the public!”
Press Release - Partnering with Florida Department of Health for Better Service

Martin County Tax Collector, Ruth “Ski” Pietruszewski, is proud to announce the Tax Collector Office’s recent partnership with the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics that will allow Florida-born citizens to acquire a certified copy of their birth certificate at the Tax Collector’s office.

“This partnership adds another level of convenience for our taxpayers and since a birth certificate is one of the items needed to obtain a driver license or identification card, the partnership makes our DL/ID issuance process easier and faster. If a Florida-born citizen does not have a birth certificate, we will have the ability to issue them one on the spot and not have to send them away to get one,” commented Ruth Pietruszewski. “A win-win for everyone. Implementation of this partnership will substantially improve our service to the public.”

We will begin this new service at the Palm City Branch office, 3001 S.E. Martin Downs Blvd, Palm City, FL 34990.
Press Release - Tax Collector’s office goes “LIVE” with another new Convenience

We CARE about YOUR time! In order to better serve you, we continue to bring you more services online. Ruth “Ski” Pietruszewski, Martin County Tax Collector, has put Tourist Development Tax payments online. You now have the ability to manage your money easier and access your account quickly, viewing it at a glance anytime from anywhere. You now are able to control, track, and review payments and your payment history online. It’s faster, easier, and safer than the check-and –stamp method. Personal information is much more vulnerable to theft if it’s on paper and physically moving through the postal system. It’s our job every day to put people first-where YOU are number one!
Press Release - Tax Collector offers drive-thru service

Ruth “Ski” Pietruszewski, Martin County Tax Collector, proudly opens the FIRST new drive-thru tax collector service at the Palm City location. The window during November will be used as a drop box for taxes. After tax season other services will be provided.

“I finally opened my drive-thru service, stated Ruth “Ski” Pietruszewski. “This has been one of my goals to make life easier for the busy on-the-go residents. People have limited time and parents of young children and the elderly don’t want to get out of the car. We’re bringing customer service to a higher level.”
Press Release - 2015 Tax Roll Opens for Collection

The 2015 tax roll is NOW open for collection.

Relevant information is included on the back of your tax bill. Please carefully read both the enclosed flyer and the back of your tax bill to stay updated on all the improvements.

Over $3.4 million in net income was earned above operating costs this fiscal year by our office through effective management, increased efficiencies, motivated teamwork, and additional services provided. The funds were distributed to the taxing authorities of Martin County.

“We continue to look for efficiencies and ways to save tax dollars while improving services” reported Ruth “Ski” Pietruszewski, Martin County Tax Collector.

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