Mike Olson, Pasco County's tax collector for the past 32 years, has been hospitalized with an undisclosed illness.
Olson, 68, was elected in 1981, making him one of Florida's longest-serving tax collectors. Before that, he served a term on the County Commission from 1974 to 1980. He is Pasco's only Democrat now in elected office.
Family members declined to comment on his condition, as did Olson's second-in-command, Eileen Ferdinand.
"He's ill and he's in the hospital for tests," local attorney Clyde Hobby said.