Tax collection challenges need solution

There is a situation brewing in the Gillespie County tax assessor-collector’s office, and it’s one that needs attention from everyone involved.

City of Fredericksburg officials made more than clear that they are unhappy with the current collection and disbursement procedures in the office, led by county tax assessor-collector Marissa Weinheimer. City Manager Kent Myers and Brad Kott, the city’s director of finance, minced no words at the recent public meeting when they addressed the problems they perceive in the office: no electronic transfers; the lack of timely bank reconciliations; as well as the accuracy of the tax collection reports.

Myers and Kott say that both Fredericksburg Independent School District and the Harper ISD are considering a switch to the Gillespie Central Appraisal District to improve tax collections and efficiencies.

Weinheimer deserves a chance to respond, and on Monday this newspaper asked her to give her side of the story. To paraphrase, she said she was unaware that the other entities were so unhappy with the tax office’s services.

Weinheimer also admitted there were delays when an employee left, and the office found itself short-handed. Another bookkeeping position is in the process of being filled, and Weinheimer said new computer equipment also could help the office do its job more efficiently.

For sure, that office needs up-to-date equipment and sufficient personnel. But beyond that, confidence is needed from the taxpaying entities that collections and disbursements are filled accurately and timely.

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