Trustees to wait to decide future of tax collection

By Richard Zowie —

After using its Jan. 13 regular meeting to expand upon private discussions with Harper Independent School District and City of Fredericksburg officials regarding enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of tax collections, the Fredericksburg ISD board of trustees decided to gather more information and then take action in February.

FISD, HISD and the City of Fredericksburg are three of the four largest collecting entities in the county.

Taxing entities have expressed concerns about late or even inaccurate reports from the Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office along with lack of timeliness in tax collections.

The FISD board discussed property tax collection and explored ways to improve the process, currently being done by the tax office. Among issues discussed were a new building and using the right software to ensure appropriate reporting and accounting procedures.

They also discussed the need for a contract with its tax-collecting entity, with expectations outlined.

Currently, the Gillespie Central Appraisal District (GCAD), which is an option for tax-collections, is housed in the county courthouse basement. Retiring FISD Superintendent Marc Williamson described the space as a limited area to house any new employees and said it wasn’t conducive due to space limitations.

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