City airs grievances with tax office work

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By Matt Ward

 

Following several months of private discussions between three of the largest tax collecting entities in Gillespie County, City of Fredericksburg officials recently spoke out publicly about a potential change in tax collection amid concerns with the Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office.

A special meeting of the Fredericksburg City Council was held Monday, Dec. 30, to discuss a possible move to the Gillespie Central Appraisal District for tax collection purposes.

“Accuracy of the reports (from the tax office) is in question at times. The timeliness of the reports and the timeliness of the collections are not always there,” City Manager Kent Myers said. “We’re like a customer to the county on this issue and we’re an unhappy customer. What is the county willing to offer us to meet our needs and our concerns?”

While the city expressed concern in a public forum, Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector Marissa Weinheimer said early this week that while reports were temporarily behind due to a vacancy in the office, things are “back on track” in the tax office.

“My staff members are working real hard,” she said. “We’re getting the reports out to them at the times they wanted them as far as I know. If I don’t know, I can’t change anything.”

Staff and council members of the City of Fredericksburg, the third-largest property tax collecting entity in the county, have met on several occasions over the past two months with the Fredericksburg Independent School District and Harper ISD, both of whom are also considering a change.

“It’s a sad state of affairs that we’ve gotten to this point,” Councilman Tim Dooley said. “Everybody in this room that represents one of those entities bears some responsibility for allowing the situation to get to this point.”

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