About Ben Anderson
Your Okaloosa County Tax Collector
In August of 2011, Benjamin F. Anderson was appointed as the Okaloosa County Tax Collector by Governor Rick Scott.
In the short time he has been in Office, Anderson has made marked improvements in the way the Tax Collector’s Office does business. He has restructured the organization, including the pay of some upper level management. In doing so, he cut expenditures and the cost of doing business, therefore passing on those savings to tax payers.
Recently Ben has focused on the “convenience fees” that credit card companies pass on to customers. He is fighting to have that amount lowered so tax payers are not burdened beyond the taxes already owed. Anderson has also eliminated the $3.50 online e-check payment fee. All of which is an effort to make doing business with the Tax Collector’s Office quick and simple.
Prior to becoming the Tax Collector of Okaloosa County, Ben operated Anderson Realty USA. In his professional career, Anderson became a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser for both commercial and residential properties. He also earned a license as a Real Estate Broker and Real Estate Auctioneer. Having served on numerous committees of the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors, including President, he has also worked at the state level as the District Vice President of the Florida Association of Realtors which consists of 150,000 members. Furthermore, Anderson was asked to serve as the Director for the National Association of Realtors which is one million members strong.
Anderson graduated from Florida State University in 1973 with a double-major in International Affairs and Government. He served four years on the Public Service Commission Nominating Council and also acted as a Legislative Aide in the Florida Senate.
Over the years, Anderson has faithfully served the community in a number of capacities, including the support of a variety of charitable organizations.
A lifelong resident of the Emerald Coast, he and his wife Karen have three grown sons, Justin, Jerrett, and Tucker ; and four grandchildren. The family are members of First United Methodist Church of Ft. Walton Beach.