Job description Oversees the county tax office. Term is four years.
Duties Calculates 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
4208 Judith Way, Haltom City, TX 76137
|Trasa Robertson Cobern|
Note: Candidate answers are shown alphabetically by last name.
What is your current occupation? Educational background? What experience makes you the best-qualified candidate for this office?
Rick Barnes: My undergraduate degree is from Texas Tech University and my masters is from Texas Christian University. I have owned my speaking/consulting business for 20 years. And I am also currently an insurance producer/agent. I sincerely believe that my vast understanding of business, people and a commitment to service make me the best candidate for this position. There are only three of us in this race who have a voting record and I would put my record up to any of the three when it comes to issues pertinent to this position. As the Mayor Pro-Tem of Keller I fought to lower taxes at each opportunity. We actually lowered the tax rate the two times we could and we raised the homestead exemption for the first time in any memory. I believe I bring the most conservative values, my experience as a civic and business leader, and my extensive experience as a successful entrepreneur to the position.
What percentage of your campaign donations comes from individuals? What percentage comes from PACs?
Rick Barnes: As of today, 100% of my donations are from individuals, the majority of which are self-funded by my wife and I.
What specific measures will you take to maximize the tax collection rate?
Rick Barnes: I will work tirelessly with the various taxing entities to make sure we are all current with any exemptions with current taxpayers. I will also work through my staff to ensure that collections remain a priority. Assessments are only have of the job – the remainder of efforts must be with collections. We will work as a team with various partners in the County to ensure the most adequate, efficient and transparent policies are put in place to maximize our tax collections.
How can the Tax Assessor-Collector’s office ensure that the private data of Tarrant citizens is protected online?
Rick Barnes: I have met with Ron Wright, the current Tax Assessor-Collector and this was one of our discussion topics. I will always challenge the County I-T Department to ensure that we have the most current data protections in place. Thankfully, this is a priority throughout the County and I will maintain any and all efforts to date. Unfortunately, we must always remain at least a step ahead of the hackers, and I can promise a commitment to be one who will offer such assurances to the best of my ability.