Here’s a note from Ann Harris Bennett, our Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar.
I just wanted to remind you that due to the “Stay at Home Work Safe” order, the Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar office continues to be closed for in-person transactions; however, we continue to work hard for you and the residents of Harris County.
All three divisions (Vehicle, Property Tax and Voter Registration) continue to process everything online and via mail.
>> Vehicle Registration
Note: Governor Abbott granted a temporary extension to obtain initial registration, renewal of registration, and renewal of a permanent disabled parking placard.
Online renewal registrations.
>> Harris County Property Taxes
In hopes to help ease property owners’ burdens during this critical time, I have announced a three-month extension of all 12-month delinquent property tax payments.
Questions and payments over the phone at 713-274-2273
In addition, the office will be conducting virtual property tax workshops to help you learn: how the property tax system works, how exemptions save you money, how to protest your property taxes, how your property taxes are calculated and options for avoiding delinquent taxes. Our first workshop was last Tuesday, and it was a complete success. Stay tune for our next virtual workshop.
>> Voter Registration
While VDVR trainings and in-person voter registrations are on hold, we are encouraging folks to use our online services to register to vote and/or to update their voting registration address.
1. You can fill out an application online, print it and mail it
2. You can request a pre-postaged paid application.
For more information, we have created a COVID19 list of FAQs for all three divisions to help you complete your necessary transactions while the Tax Office is closed.
Don’t ask me about the republican primary, but I’m sure the latest KKK meeting has an event page on Facebook.
Today, Tuesday, February 18, 2020 is the first day of early voting. In Harris County, that means you can vote at any early voting location. By now, you’ve studied every race and filled out your sample ballot to take to the voting machine. Or, you can print out the #StaceSlate and use my suggestions. Or at least some of them. We can disagree on some as long as you vote for Bernie. And Royce West. And Julia Maldonado. And Audia Jones. And Natalia Cornelio. And Diana Martinez Alexander. And Ann Harris Bennett. Obviously, I’ve made it easy with the #StaceSlate.
Anyway, you have until February 28 to bank your vote. Thankfully, our County Clerk Diane Trautman (with the help of a Democratic majority on Commissioner’s Court) is making voting easier and more accessible, so you’ll be able to vote at any polling location on election day (March 3). Need a translator? Diane has made that easy, too. Need curbside voting? Here you go! Get it done early because you never know what may happen to you before election day! And don’t forget your ID.
There really is no good reason to not vote. And in Harris County, the only ones that might keep you from voting are thuggy republicans who don’t want you to vote. But we have Diane Trautman to back you up! And we have Ann Harris Bennett to make sure you stay registered to vote.
Click here for the #StaceSlate! Happy Voting!
I’m glad to see that our family friend Ann Harris Bennett has filed to seek the Democratic nomination for Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar in 2016.
“I am honored to announce my candidacy for Harris County Tax Assessor Collector & Voter Registrar on the March 2016 Democratic Primary ballot. I am dedicated to serving all citizens of Harris County with the integrity, transparency, and efficiency they deserve from this office. My focus is to make the necessary changes to upgrade the office and bring it into the 21st century. I intend to serve the people free of political cronyism and dysfunction.”
Bennett has been a strong candidate over three countywide races, but in 2012, she came less than 2400 votes short against Mike Sullivan in the race for Tax Assessor-Collector, despite being largely outspent by the well-funded Republican. That’s .2%, folks.
No doubt, Bennett has built up some name recognition and strong connections with Democrats, as well as voters, in general.
Here is her press release announcing her 2016 run. You can follow her on Facebook, or on her website.