School trustees approve move appraisal district for tax collection

By Richard Zowie —

Following months of discussion, the Fredericksburg Independent School District board of trustees at its Feb. 10 regular meeting voted 6-0 to end the district’s use of the Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector and begin using the Gillespie Central Appraisal District.

The FISD’s use of the county tax assessor-collector will end on June 30, 2015. The district will then begin using GCAD on July 1, 2015.

“After discussing several different possibilities with the various folks involved, and after gathering all information, I think it’s in the school district’s best interest to allow Gillespie Central Appraisal District to collect our taxes,” said FISD superintendent Dr. Eric Wright. “This way, we have more control and oversight along with an annual financial audit.”

Deborah Ottmers, assistant superintendent for business and finance, described July 1 of next year as a good time to make the transition.

“By the time the end of June rolls around, delinquent taxes are very small,” she said. “It’s a very good time to allow the new agency to get their processes in place.”

Trustees also voted unanimously to update the current tax collection contract during the interim. (Board member Dave Campbell was absent from the meeting.)

The trustees’ decision followed discussions with Harper ISD and City of Fredericksburg officials about enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of tax collections.

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