What is a Tax Assessor-Collector?
The tax assessor-collector calculates property tax rates for the county, collects taxes for the county (and sometimes for additional local taxing entities) and collects various other fees for the state and county.
What Does a Tax Assessor-Collector Do in Texas?
A tax assessor-collector in Texas has the following duties:
- Calculates property tax rates for the county
- Collects property taxes for the county
- May collect taxes for cities, schools and other local taxing entities
- Processes motor vehicle title transfers
- Issues motor vehicle registration and licenses
- May process boat titles and registrations
- Registers voters and may conduct elections
- Collects various other fees for the state and county
For more complete information about the responsibilities of the tax assessor-collector and other county officials, see the “2018 Guide to Texas Laws for County Officials."
Please note: Some duties performed by officials may vary within individual counties.
Tax Assessor-Collector Requirements
A county assessor-collector must successfully complete 20 hours of continuing education before each anniversary of the date on which the county assessor-collector takes office.
See the full continuing education requirements and more.
County Tax Assessor-Collector Qualifications9
The County Tax Assessor-Collector must meet the following qualifications at the time of appointment or election:
- U.S. Citizen
- Resident of Texas for at least 12 consecutive months
- Resident of the county for at least six consecutive months
- Registered to vote in the county
- At least 18 years of age
- Not have been finally convicted of a felony from which they have not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities
- Not have been determined by a court with probate jurisdiction to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote
Candidates for this office generally must meet the above qualifications at the time of filing.
For more information, see the Secretary of State Elections Division website.
Legal source: Tax Code, Sec. 6.231
9Vernon’s Ann. Texas Const. Art. 8, §14; V.T.C.A., Election Code §141.001