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What are the other payment methods to pay my Lakeland Parking ticket?

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  • Mail (Include Check or Money Order AND Citation):
    • Mail to the address listed on the citation envelope
    • Place your payment in the Lakeland Electric Drop Box (501 E Lemon St, Lakeland, FL 33801)
  • In Person (Cash Payments) 
    • Cash payments can be made at the Lakeland Police Department, Records Division (219 N Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801) or the Business Tax Office, City Hall (228 S Massachusetts Avenue). 

How much is a parking citation?

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There are two types of Parking Citations issued in Lakeland City, Florida:

  • Unlawful Parking Citation - $25.00 Fine 
  • Accessible Parking Citation - $250.00 Fine 

Unlawful citations are subject to a $20.00 late fee after 21 days if not paid, an additional $10.00 after 30 days and the entire amount may be turned over to a collection agency. Three or more of these will result in the non-issuance of your vehicle tag until paid.

Accessible parking citations are also late after 30 days, incur no late fees and will result in the non-issuance of your vehicle tag after only one infraction.

What are the properties I pay tax for?

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Pay Online and Account Searches for Property Taxes: Real Estate Property Tangible Personal Property

How much is the convenience fee for paying property taxes with a credit card?

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Online customers may use their Visa, Master Card, Discover or American Express to facilitate online property tax payments.2.5% ($2 min.) is the Convenience Fee.

What is the penalty if i don't pay them in time?

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Unpaid Tangible Personal Property taxes become delinquent on April 1st of the year following assessment. Within 45 days after the personal property taxes become delinquent, the Tax Collector shall advertise a list of the names of delinquent personal property taxpayers and the amount of tax due by each. Tax warrants are then issued in May on all unpaid tangible personal property taxes. After July 1st, the Tax Collector appears before the Circuit Court for an order directing levy and seizure of the property for the amount of unpaid taxes and costs. When a tax payment is mailed and has a postmark that indicates the tax payment is delinquent, then the date the payment is received shall determine the payment that is due, including interest, costs, as well as actions to be taken, such as the issuance of a tax certificate or a tax warrant.

Can i make partial payment?

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Chapter 197.374 Florida Statute allows a taxpayer to make partial payments of the current year taxes. If a taxpayer enters into an agreement with the Tax Collector they agree to pay an additional $10.00 processing fee per payment, forfeit any discounts, maintain a record of the remaining balance due and make final payment of all taxes by March 31 of year following property tax assessment to avoid a tax certificate being sold (tax lien) on the property. Note: Property tax assessments are made on January 1 each year by the Property Appraiser. In order to make partial payments regarding a current Polk County Property Tax Bill, the taxpayer must complete, initial where indicated and sign the required sworn statement for each applicable property tax account. Once completed, the sworn statement should be submitted to the Polk County Tax Collector's Office with the tax payer's first partial payment.

Can I receive benefits in Florida if I am placed on part-time work?

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If your employer reduces your hours against your will, you may be eligible for partial benefits. If you are earning less than $275 in gross earnings per week, you can file a claim to determine if you would be eligible to receive partial payments.  

What is Reemployment Assistance?

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The State of Florida's Unemployment Insurance was rebranded with the name Reemployment Assistance to reflect the comprehensive goal of assisting Floridians find work during periods of unemployment through monetary assistance when eligible and training through Florida’s CareerSource centers.  

How/Where do I file a claim for unemployment benefits in the State of Florida?

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You can file a claim online via Florida’s CONNECT claims system by clicking the FILE NOW button above.  

If you cannot file a claim online because of legal reasons, computer illiteracy, language barriers, or disabilities you may call 1-800-681-8102. Your claim can be filed by phone 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST, Monday through Friday.  

When do employment benefit claims begin in Florida?

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 Your claim is effective Sunday of the week you complete your application. By the Florida state law, the first week of a claim for which you would have been eligible for payment is an unpaid week. This week is considered your “waiting week.”  

Who pays for my Reemployment Assistance (RA) benefits?

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Florida employers pay for RA through a tax managed by the Florida Department of Revenue. It is one of the employer's business costs. Workers do not pay reemployment taxes.  

How are my unemployment benefits calculated in the State of Florida?

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The wages used to determine your benefit amounts are the first four of the last five calendar quarters.

For example, Claims filed in October 2019 use wages earned between 10/01/2018 through 09/30/2019.

Once the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has the wages on record, they verify the following to determine if you are eligible for benefits:

  • $3400 minimum gross earnings during base period.
  • You must have a minimum of two quarters of covered wages.
  • Total base period gross wages must be more than 1.5x the highest wage quarter.

Once they complete those checks, the last steps are simple:

  • Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA)
    WBA is the highest quarter divided by 26 OR the weekly amount $275, whichever is less
  • Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA)
    MBA is your total base period wages divided by 4 OR the yearly maximum, whichever is less

What is the maximum amount of unemployment benefits I can receive in the State of Florida?

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Florida maximum benefits adjust every year based on the previous year’s unemployment rates.

2019 Claim Maximums: 12 weeks                   
Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA): $275            
Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA): $3300    

2020 Claim Maximums: 12 weeks
Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA): $275
Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA): $3300

Please note that these can be adjusted in times of severe events & you will need to check with the DEO if there are any changes. 

Does the State of Florida offer any expedited processing of Unemployment Insurance due to Coronavirus COVID-19?

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The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced the waiving of the requirement to wait a week to receive Reemployment Assistance benefits through May 8, 2020. The waiting week has been waived so eligible Floridians may receive the support they need to help recover from the current economic impacts of COVID-19.

Who is eligible to register to vote?

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To be eligible to register to vote you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States of America;
  • Be a legal resident of Florida;
  • Be a legal resident of the county in which you seek to be registered;
  • Be at least 16 years old to preregister or at least 18 years old to register and vote;
  • Not be a person who has been adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting in Florida or any other state without having the right to vote restored; and,
  • Not be a person who has been convicted of a felony without your civil rights having been restored.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Where can I find more information about all the cases in the US?

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You can find a detailed map with the spread of the cases here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

What should I do if I am sick?

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If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

You can read more about what the CDC recommends here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

Where can I find the list of all Community Health Centers in Florida?

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Florida’s Community Health Centers deliver high-quality, community-based comprehensive health care services to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. With 600-plus locations statewide, Community Health Centers serve more than 1.6 million patients every year, ensuring that all Floridians receive the health care they need in a way that’s economical for taxpayers.

You can find the list of all Community Health Centers here. Alternatively, you can search for them by your address here: https://www.fachc.org/find-a-health-center#/

Are there any toolkits from the State Department of Health?

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You can access the list of all official toolkits from Florida State DOH here

How to Register for Recreational Activities Online in the City of Lakeland?

You can access all the information on how to Register for Recreational Activities Online here.

How to Pay Parking Citation Online in the City of Lakeland?

You can access all the information on how to Pay Parking Citation Online here.

How to Pay Property taxes Online in the City of Lakeland?

You can access all the information on how to Pay Property taxes Online here.

How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits Online in the City of Lakeland?

You can access all the information on how to Apply for Unemployment Benefits Online here.

How to Register to Vote Online in the City of Lakeland?

You can access all the information on how to Register to Vote Online here.

How to Corona COVID-19 Response Online in the City of Lakeland?

You can access all the information on how to Corona COVID-19 Response Online here.

How to Renew Vehicle Registration Online in the City of Lakeland?

You can access all the information on how to Renew Vehicle Registration Online here.

How to Driver License Renewal Online in the City of Lakeland?

You can access all the information on how to Driver License Renewal Online here.

How to Pay for Traffic Citation Online in the City of Lakeland?

You can access all the information on how to Pay for Traffic Citation Online here.

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