2012-06-07 / Front Page

B’boro ISD to close tax office in 2013

BY CHAD WILSON

The Brownsboro Independent School District Board of Trustees met May 24 to consider cost cutting measures as the district continues to evaluate its programs to meet the impending budget deficit.

A decision was made to dissolve the current BISD Tax Office as of Aug. 31, 2013 and move the tax collection services to Henderson County. It was met in full approval by the board with a vote of 7-0.

The county will offer services to the taxpayers of BISD through the main office in Athens, the Henderson County Annex in Chandler and online through the county’s website.

BISD will use the next 15 months to work with Henderson County to plan for the transition that will save the district an estimated $50,000 per year.

“Currently, the tax office is used by some of our patrons who would like to pay their taxes in person,” Superintendent Chris Moran said. “Our tax office works with our community to collect taxes for the Brownsboro ISD. The tax office also works with the delinquent tax attorney to coordinate the collection of past due tax payments.”

The tax office has two employees, Flora Banks and Mary Joslin. Banks has worked as tax collector for BISD for 35 years while Joslin has 15 years of service.

“I cannot comment on their personal plan to either retire or not, but the district continues to demonstrate commitment to reducing staff through attrition and retirements, rather through a reduction in force,” Moran said.

The district does not have official plans to use the current building but will evaluate its facilities to determine the most efficient use of the building as the time approaches.

“Most school districts use the county to collect taxes. There are only a handful of district who currently use a local tax office to do so,” Moran said.

The Henderson County Tax Office, led by Tax Assessor-Collector Milburn Chaney, said the only school district within the county that does not use the office’s services is Eustace ISD.

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