Job descriptionOversees the county tax office. Term is four years.
DutiesCalculates and collects property taxes for the county, as well as other local taxes for schools and cities; collects other fees for the state and county.
Processes vehicle title transfers, issues vehicle registrations, licenses, and disabled parking permits; issues alcohol permits and licenses.
Annual salary$162,298

Who’s Running?

Ollie Anderson

www.ollieandersonfortctaxassessor-collector.com
FB: Ollie Anderson
Phone: 817-691-9157
Mobile: 682-444-9272
Email: oanderson88@hotmail.com
Democrat
Wendy Burgess

https://www.wendyburgess.com
FB: WendyBurgessforTaxAssessor/
Republican

Candidate Q&A

Note: Answers to questions will appear as they are received from the candidates.

1. WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND? WHAT EXPERIENCES DO YOU HAVE THAT MAKE YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE?
Ollie Anderson Answer:
My current occupation is Comptroller for Tarrant County Democratic Party. I am a Cum Laude Graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. I have successfully enjoyed over 45 years of Professional Accounting experience, as an Auditor, Staff Accountant, Escrow Accountant and Comptroller. Eight of those years serving in a start-up business, as an Escrow Accountant while providing leadership to a staff of 20, as one can only imagine the many hats one wears in a start-up business. My skills and knowledge acquired in the private sector became a valuable tool for me, as I transcended from a structured environment to a start-up business. Over the years I have provided oversight and management to a multi-million dollar commercial account and money wire transfers both domestic and international, at one of the number one financial institution in Texas. As an Auditor, I audited billion dollars government contracts. I have acquired skills in drafting a budget as well as balancing a budget. As Comptroller at Tarrant County Democratic Party, since 2010, I provide oversight and management to their Operating Account and Primary Election Account, while working in conjunction with the Secretary of State and The Election Administration.
Wendy Burgess Answer:
2. WHAT PERCENTAGE OF YOUR CAMPAIGN DONATIONS COMES FROM INDIVIDUALS? WHAT PERCENTAGE COMES FROM PACs?
Ollie Anderson Answer:
99% of my donations are from individual donors and 1% comes from Democratic Club's that are a small PAC.
Wendy Burgess Answer:
3. WHAT SPECIFIC MEASURES WILL YOU TAKE TO MAXIMIZE THE TAX COLLECTION RATE?
Ollie Anderson Answer:
The key to maximizing tax collection is to make certain all resources are used efficiently and effective while maintaining the most cost effective methods. A careful evaluation of the methods that are currently in use, carefully monitoring those methods to assure that they are the most efficient and cost effective methods. To promote and increase outreach to property owners the automatic payment link will be readily and easily accessible on the website, making certain the process is written in plain language, simple and the steps are easy to follow. Installment payment plans would be affordable. The goal is to make certain the tax office have procedures and plans in place that will ultimately enable the property owner to maintain ownership of their property this should reduce the number of delinquent accounts. A monthly reporting on the website of the total dollars collected from property taxes would be published on the website. By being transparent and sharing information, property owners will be able to see other property owners are paying their taxes and hopefully they are encouraged to do likewise, as they can visibly see the process is working and the process is fair.
Wendy Burgess Answer:
4. HOW CAN THE TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR'S OFFICE ENSURE THAT THE PRIVATE DATA OF TARRANT CITIZENS IS PROTECTED ONLINE?
Ollie Anderson Answer:
Implementing and putting into place procedures that will ensure confidential information pertaining to the citizens of Tarrant County is not easily compromised and a priority at the Tax Office. For example, making certain a good anti- virus software that is capable of scanning also HTTPS is in place. Back-up data early and regularly at least once a week a stored copy will be offsite in case of a fire or a natural disaster occurs, the data will not be lost. Educate users on the cause and effect of visiting an untrusted network and always lock computer when leaving the work site to protect data from being compromised. To access files and data passwords are created and Password Strength is used to measure the strength of the password, making it harder for hackers to access data. Coordinating with the IT Department to assure the sensitive data is shielded from external and internal factors.
Wendy Burgess Answer:
OTHER COMMENTS
Ollie Anderson Answer:
My primary goal is to reconnect the Tax Office with the communities it is intended to serve by partnering with community centers, churches and other public places to conduct workshops that will educate and inform the citizens of Tarrant County of the information and resources available at the tax office.
Ollie is:
O: Outstanding experience, knowledge and great customer service
L: Leadership that is strong and dedicated, leading the way with one property owner at a time
L: Level of competence and organization
I: Integrity and fantastic interpersonal skill set
E: Excellent Accounting Experience
RECENT NEWS ARTICLES
“Wendy Burgess wins Republican runoff for top Tarrant tax official,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (May 22, 2018)
https://www.star-telegram.com/article211345439.html