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NFM Chamber to hold meet-and-greet event with incoming tax collector

By CHUCK BALLARO - | Dec 9, 2020

news@breezenewspapers.com

There is a new tax collector in town, and its likely people may have some questions to ask her

The North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce will hold a meet-and-greet event with the Noelle Branning, soon to be sworn in as the new Lee County Tax Collector. The event will be held on Friday, Dec. 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Chamber’s Welcome Center at the Shell Factory, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail.

Branning is going to meet with residents and answer any questions they have about the millage, how to read a tax bill, reassessments and other topics.

“It’s the time of year where the tax bills have gone out, personally and for your business,” said Wendy Murray, executive director at the Chamber. “There are a lot of important things people need to know.”

Government offices were closed for a long time while the pandemic surged. Murray said the county is doing a lot of community outreach as everything has started to open up again even as COVID-19 continues to affect the nation. The chamber plans to follow guidelines as a result.

“We will be socially distanced and people will wear masks as they come into the chamber office. This is a nice structure in order for her to meet the people of North Fort Myers,” Murray said. “There has been a lot of interest and I think there will be a great crowd.”

Branning, who will be sworn in next month, has worked with the Lee County Tax Collector’s office since 2013, first as general counsel, then as chief deputy tax collector under outgoing Tax Collector Larry Hart.

Before that, she worked with the State Attorney’s Office of the 20th Judicial Circuit and then focused on handling criminal defense and family law.

Branning graduated from Florida State University in 1998, and received her law degree from St. Thomas University in Miami in 2004.

Reservations are not necessary. There will be lots of parking and refreshments.