SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (SNNTV) -- An award for Barbara Ford-Coates, the Sarasota County Tax Collector.

Ford-Coates has received the Legacy Award, which is recognition of her excellence by the state, specifically in the field of financial operations.

The process for consideration includes a comprehensive review of the financial functions, records, practices, and use of technology of the Tax Collector’s Office.

A five-person panel examines the Tax Collector’s Innovation & Automation, Perfect Annual Audit Report, Customer Focus and Budgeting