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2014 NEWS

July 15, 2014 - Become a Volunteer Deputy Registrar on July 22nd! Training Details Announced!

    Help citizens register to vote! Promote voter registration at community events and within your own social networks. Distribute voter registration applications and confirm that all of the applications you provide are completed correctly. Issue an official receipt as proof of registration and deliver applications to the Voter Registrar within five days of completion.
    Come to a one-hour training session on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 and register new voters in Travis County!
    "Helping citizens register to vote is a rewarding activity that makes a real impact on our community," said Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar, Bruce Elfant.
    How can you become a Volunteer Deputy Registrar (VDR)?
    • To volunteer, you must be age 18 or older and must attend a one-hour training session. During training, you will review the qualifications to become a VDR, learn how to register voters correctly and be officially sworn-in.
    The next session will be held Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014. One-hour sessions that day will be held starting at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the main Travis County Tax Office located at 5501 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751.
    For more information, please visit www.traviscountytax.org or call (512) 854-9473.

June 30, 2014 - URGENT UPDATE

    JULY 1ST VOTER REGISTRAR TRAINING HAS BEEN CANCELLED
    Due to unforeseen circumstances, the regularly scheduled Volunteer Voter Registrar training that was to happen Tuesday, July 1st, at 5501 Airport Boulevard, has been cancelled.

June 24, 2014 - July Volunteer Voter Registrar Training Details Announced!

    Help citizens register to vote! Promote voter registration at community events and within your own social networks. Distribute voter registration applications and confirm that all of the applications you provide are completed correctly. Issue an official receipt as proof of registration and deliver applications to the Voter Registrar within five days of completion.
    Come to a one-hour training session on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 and register new voters in Travis County!
    "Helping citizens register to vote is a rewarding activity that makes a real impact on our community," said Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar, Bruce Elfant.
    How can you become a Volunteer Deputy Registrar (VDR)? To volunteer, you must be age 18 or older and must attend a one-hour training session. During training, you will review the qualifications to become a VDR, learn how to register voters correctly and be officially sworn-in.
    • Regular training sessions are held the first Tuesday of the month. The next session will be held July 1st, 2014. One-hour sessions that day will be held starting at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the main Travis County Tax Office located at 5501 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751.

June 5, 2014 - County Tax Assessor-Collector Helps Fight Title Fraud in Texas

    Travis County residents can use Title Check to protect themselves.
    Travis County is assisting the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) to stop title fraud in Texas, and county residents can help by learning how to protect themselves before they buy a used vehicle.
    "Everyone who applies for a title in our office will have the vehicle information run through the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System," said Bruce Elfant the Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector.
    This system is similar to how law enforcement agencies consolidated their information into the national crime database. The title database contains title records from DMVs across the nation, and the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) is using it to thwart would-be title washers from getting clean titles on vehicles that should be branded salvage, rebuilt or flooded.
    "People who used to find ways to scam the system by putting a clean Texas title on flooded, rebuilt and salvage vehicles may be surprised to find that's not going to be so easy in the Lone Star State anymore," Elfant said.
    That doesn't mean you won't buy one of these vehicles. "The vehicle seller can sign over to you what might look like a good title and later, the TxDMV notifies you that truck, car, motorcycle or motorhome you bought is really salvage, rebuilt or unsafe to drive," Elfant said. "You can avoid having this happen to you by going to Title Check on the TxDMV website to connect to the national database."
    Unlike the crime database, which is only available to law enforcement, the national title database is available to consumers. There is a small fee for accessing the title database.
    The U.S. Department of Justice is responsible for the title database. The Justice Department partners with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators to oversee the system, which gives you a choice of several private companies from which to purchase a title history report.
    "You need a few bucks, credit card and the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to find out if the used vehicle you plan to purchase has any title issues," Elfant said. "And you can use it on any vehicle from any state so you can go to Title Check for vehicles you might see on Internet auction sites or in classified ads."
    A title history report shows where and what states the vehicle was titled in, previous odometer readings and whether it has a brand that could impact the vehicle's safety and/or value, such as salvage, junk, rebuilt or flooded.
    TxDMV Executive Director Whitney Brewster noted licensed businesses that specialize in selling salvage and rebuilt vehicles tell consumers the condition of the vehicle up front. Title fraud happens when a dishonest seller preys on innocent buyers, convincing them to buy vehicles without disclosing the title issues.
    "Don't let it happen to you or any of your family or friends," Elfant said. "Especially not when a click of the mouse can take you to Title Check on the TxDMV website."
    If you don't remember anything else when buying a used vehicle, please remember this: Don't Buy a Wreck. Do a Title Check.
    For more information:

June 2, 2014 - Important NEWS ADVISORY from Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant

    "When the Travis County Commissioners Court meets to consider whether to challenge commercial property tax appraisals, they will be initiating a very important discussion about how the appraisal process works and whether it favors one category of property owners over another. Article VIII, Section 1 of the Texas Constitution states that taxation shall be equal and uniform in proportion to its value. At the nearly 20 appraisal and property tax forums the chief appraiser and I attended we received an earful from angry home owners who believe property tax appraisals are not equal or uniform.
    During my short time serving on the Travis Central Appraisal Board I have come to believe that the appraisal process is not equal or uniform for all categories of property owners. Texas is just one of 9 states that doesn't require disclosure of sales prices which makes the process of determining fair market value far more expensive and problematic than it should be.
    Once appraisal districts determine fair market value they face state laws that favor commercial property owners, and are subjected to a barrage of appeals funded by large commercial interests that are able to employ the best lawyers and appraisal experts who can recover all their costs from appraisal districts - even if the value is lowered by a single dollar.
    Residential property owners are right to demand that the appraisal process be fair. The Texas Legislature should make all sales available to appraisal districts and require appraisal protests to be based on true market value. They should also review the many pages of exemptions in the Property Tax Code that have been carved out for all manner of special interests.
    But there is an even larger issue here that no one wants to discuss.
    In Texas, local governments and especially counties are heavily dependent on property tax revenues to fund schools, roads, emergency services, courts, parks, libraries, etc. With state budget cuts, local governments are forced to fund an even greater share of essential services. Even if the legislature addresses the fairness issues (and they should), the property tax burden will still be too high especially for many property owners with modest incomes. If we want to encourage more home ownership high property taxes are certainly a barrier.
    Travis County Commissioners are right to be concerned about the fairness of the property tax appraisal system. We should also be concerned about the affordability and sustainability of having to rely so heavily on property taxes to fund local services."

May 28, 2014 - Travis County Sets Voter Registration Record!

    Travis County's voter rolls exceeded 635,000 citizens last week, breaking the November 2012 record of 634,931 registered voters. In December 2012 more than 41,000 residents were removed from the voter rolls, as required by law, bringing the number of registered voters down to under 600,000. Voters are removed from the rolls because they move out of Travis County, move within Travis County but fail to update their address or are deceased. The new voter registration record represents the largest increase for any comparable period in more than a decade.
    "The Strauss Institute for Civic Life ranks Texas 42nd in registered voters and 51st in voter turnout," said Bruce Elfant, Travis County Tax Assessor and Voter Registrar. "We are very proud to have set this new voter registration record thanks to the efforts of both our staff and volunteers. Registering voters is the first step to improving voter turnout."
    The citizen voting age population of Travis County is approximately 739,000 people, and to date the Voter Registration Division estimates that more than 100,000 eligible Travis County residents are not registered to vote. "Over the next 5 months more than 3,100 volunteer deputy registrars and hundreds of voter registration partners will be working hard to encourage all Travis County citizens to register to vote and participate in their democracy," Elfant said.
    One-hour training sessions for Volunteer Deputy Registrars are held the first Tuesday of the month beginning at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Travis County Tax Office located at 5501 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751. Training is available by special arrangement for 10 or more people.
    The Voter Registration deadline for the Nov. 4, 2014, election is Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. For questions about becoming a volunteer or registering to vote, please visit the VDR page of our website or call (512) 854-9473.

May 27, 2014 - June Deputy Voter Registrar Training Details Announced!

    Become a Volunteer Deputy Registrar! June 2014 Training Details Announced!
    Help citizens register to vote!  Promote voter registration at community events and within your own social networks. Distribute voter registration applications and confirm that all of the applications you provide are completed correctly. Issue an official receipt as proof of registration and deliver applications to the Voter Registrar within five days of completion.
    Come to a one-hour training session on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 and register new voters in Travis County!
    Helping citizens register to vote is a rewarding activity that makes a real impact on our community,” said Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar, Bruce Elfant.
    How can you become a Volunteer Deputy Registrar (VDR)? To volunteer, you must be age 18 or older and must attend a one-hour training session. During training, you will review the qualifications to become a VDR, learn how to register voters correctly and be officially sworn-in.
    • Regular training sessions are held the first Tuesday of the month. The next session will be held June 3rd, 2014. One-hour sessions that day will be held starting at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the main Travis County Tax Office located at 5501 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751.

April 30, 2014 - May Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar Training Details Announced!

    BECOME A VOLUNTEER DEPUTY REGISTRAR! MAY 2014 TRAINING DETAILS ANNOUNCED!
    Help citizens register to vote! Promote voter registration at community events and within your own social networks. Distribute voter registration applications and confirm that all of the applications you provide are completed correctly. Issue an official receipt as proof of registration and deliver applications to the Voter Registrar within five days of completion.
    Come to a one-hour training session on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 and register new voters in Travis County!
    "Helping citizens register to vote is a rewarding activity that makes a real impact on our community," said Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar, Bruce Elfant.
    How can you become a Volunteer Deputy Registrar (VDR)? To volunteer, you must be age 18 or older and must attend a one-hour training session. During training, you will review the qualifications to become a VDR, learn how to register voters correctly and be officially sworn-in.
    • Regular training sessions are held the first Tuesday of the month. The next session will be held May 6th, 2014. One-hour sessions that day will be held starting at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the main Travis County Tax Office located at 5501 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751.

April 21, 2014 - April 28th Voter Registration Deadline Is Just Days Away!

    Register to vote for the May 27th, 2014 Primary Runoff Election by Monday April 28th, 2014! If you have moved since the last time you voted, you must update your voter registration record. Travis County voters can review their current voter registration record online at www.votetravis.com, or they may contact the Voter Registrar's office by telephone at (512) 854-9473.
    "We want to be sure new Travis County residents and voters who have moved are registered on time for the election," said Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar, Bruce Elfant. "If you do not have an orange voter registration certificate with your current address, please contact our office to check your voter registration status."
    How can you register or make changes to your voter registration?
    • Come in person to one of the five tax office locations during business hours. Find maps and driving directions to all of our locations on our Contact Us page.
    • Mail an application and make sure the US postmark shows April 28th, 2014 or earlier. Find applications at area post offices, libraries or on our Voter Registration Forms page.
    • Go online here to update your name or address if you have moved within Travis County.
    For questions about your voter registration status, registering for the first time, updating an existing voter registration record, early voting locations or Election Day polling places, visit theVoter Registration section of our website or please call (512) 854-9473.

April 14, 2014 - Don't Miss the April 28th Voter Registration Deadline!

    Register to vote for the May 27th, 2014 Primary Runoff Election by Monday, April 28th, 2014. If you have moved since the last time you voted, you must update your voter registration record. Travis County voters can review their current voter registration record online at www.votetravis.com, or they may contact the Voter Registrar's office by telephone at (512) 854-9473.
    "We want to be sure new Travis County residents and voters who have moved are registered on time for the election," said Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar, Bruce Elfant. "If you do not have an orange voter registration certificate with your current address, please contact our office to check your voter registration status."
    How can you register or make changes to your voter registration?
    • Come in person to one of the five tax office locations during business hours. Find maps and driving directions to all of our locations on our Contact Us page.
    • Mail an application and make sure the US postmark shows April 28th, 2014 or earlier. Find applications at area post offices, libraries or on our Voter Registration Forms page.
    • Go online here to update your name or address if you have moved within Travis County.
    For questions about your voter registration status, registering for the first time, updating an existing voter registration record, early voting locations or Election Day polling places, visit theVoter Registration section of our website or please call (512) 854-9473.

April 3, 2014 - April 10th Voter Registration Deadline Just Days Away!

    Register to vote for the May 10th, 2014 Local Election by Thursday, April 10th, 2014! If you have moved since the last time you voted, you must update your voter registration record. Travis County voters can review their current voter registration record online at www.votetravis.com, or they may contact the Voter Registrar's office by telephone at (512) 854-9473.
    "We want to be sure new Travis County residents and voters who have moved are registered on time for the election," said Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar, Bruce Elfant. "If you do not have an orange voter registration certificate with your current address, please contact our office to check your voter registration status."
    How can you register or make changes to your voter registration?
    • Come in person to one of the five tax office locations during business hours. Find maps and driving directions to all of our locations on our Contact Us page.
    • Mail an application and make sure the US postmark shows April 10th, 2014 or earlier. Find applications at area post offices, libraries or on our Voter Registration Forms page.
    • Go online here to update your name or address if you have moved within Travis County.
    For questions about your voter registration status, registering for the first time, updating an existing voter registration record, early voting locations or Election Day polling places, visit theVoter Registration section of our website or please call (512) 854-9473.

March 27, 2014 - Don't Miss the April 10th Voter Registration Deadline!

    Register to vote for the May 10th, 2014 Local Election by Thursday, April 10th, 2014. If you have moved since the last time you voted, you must update your voter registration record. Travis County voters can review their current voter registration record online at www.votetravis.com, or they may contact the Voter Registrar's office by telephone at (512) 854-9473.
    "We want to be sure new Travis County residents and voters who have moved are registered on time for the election," said Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar, Bruce Elfant. "If you do not have an orange voter registration certificate with your current address, please contact our office to check your voter registration status."
    How can you register or make changes to your voter registration?
    • Come in person to one of the five tax office locations during business hours. Find maps and driving directions to all of our locations on our Contact Us page.
    • Mail an application and make sure the US postmark shows April 10th, 2014 or earlier. Find applications at area post offices, libraries or on our Voter Registration Forms page.
    • Go online here to update your name or address if you have moved within Travis County.
    For questions about your voter registration status, registering for the first time, updating an existing voter registration record, early voting locations or Election Day polling places, visit theVoter Registration section of our website or please call (512) 854-9473.

March 25, 2014 - Become a Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar! April 2014 Training Details Announced!

    Help citizens register to vote! Promote voter registration at community events and within your own social networks. Distribute voter registration applications and confirm that all of the applications you provide are completed correctly. Issue an official receipt as proof of registration and deliver applications to the Voter Registrar within five days of completion.
    Come to a one-hour training session on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 and register new voters in Travis County!
    How can you become a Volunteer Deputy Registrar (VDR)? To volunteer, you must be age 18 or older and must attend a one-hour training session. During training, you will review the qualifications to become a VDR, learn how to register voters correctly and be officially sworn-in.
    • Regular training sessions are held the first Tuesday of the month. The next session will be held April 1st, 2014. One-hour sessions that day will be held starting at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the main Travis County Tax Office located at 5501 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751.

March 21, 2014 - ATTENTION DELINQUENT TAXPAYERS: Travis County Notifies 22,264 of Unpaid Bills!

    Over 22,000 Travis County property owners with unpaid taxes received (or will soon receive) notice by mail to pay up or face additional penalties. As of March 1 all unpaid property taxes automatically accrued 9% penalty and interest; the schedule of penalty and interest is dictated by the Texas Property Tax Code.
    Delinquent taxpayers may contact the tax office at (512) 854-9473 to arrange a payment plan. They may apply in person at the main tax office location, 5501 Airport Boulevard from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM weekdays. They may also apply for a payment plan online.
    "The Texas Property Tax Code is very clear about actions that must be taken to collect delinquent taxes," said Bruce Elfant, Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector. "The law states that we must notify taxpayers of delinquent status and we must assess penalty and interest," he said.
    All unpaid taxes follow a schedule of penalty and interest that increases each month starting at 7% in February. By the sixth month of delinquency, the penalty and interest reaches 18%. In a year's time, the total is 24%.
    Delinquent taxpayers must notify the tax office to avoid legal action beyond accrual of penalty and interest. For those who qualify, a payment arrangement prevents legal action as long as the taxpayer adheres to the agreement. Owners of 2,284 properties have signed payment agreements for 2013 tax payment.
    Call (512) 854-9473 between the hours of 7:30 AM and 5:30 PM weekdays for assistance.

March 13, 2014 - Voter Registration Logo Contest Announced

    Travis County Voter Registration is looking for a new logo symbolizing efforts to help citizens take the first vital step in the democratic process - registering to vote. The new logo will be seen on banners, buttons, t-shirts, news ads and other promotional materials. The contest will also help determine a new slogan. Hundreds of slogans were submitted by Travis County Volunteer Deputy Registrars and were narrowed down to six finalists:

    • Get Registered!
    • Ready... Set... Register! VOTE!
    • Get Loud! Be Proud! Register!
    • Be Counted. Get Registered! Vote!
    • Everyone Counts in Travis County. Register & Vote!
    • Your Voice - Register & Vote!
    Anyone interested in entering the logo contest can select their favorite slogan, design a logo, and submit it to the Travis County Voter Registrar. Cash prizes of $500 for the first place entry, $250 for the second place entry, and $100 for the third place entry have been provided by private donation. The deadline to enter is March 31, 2014. Click here for full contest rules. For more information, contact the Travis County Voter Registrar at 512-854-9473 or Tax_Office@co.travis.tx.us.

March 4, 2014 - Voter Registrar Gears Up To Review Provisional Ballots

    Today, District Judge Lora Livingston granted an order to extend voting hours until 9 p.m. Pursuant to Texas election laws, ballots cast by individuals who arrive at the polling place after 7 p.m. will be voted as a provisional ballot. In anticipation of what could be an unprecedented number of provisional ballots, the office of the Voter Registrar is gearing up to review and make a final recommendation to the Ballot Board regarding whether or not the voter is qualified.
    Travis County Voter Registrar Bruce Elfant said, "We are committed to processing provisional ballots quickly, accurately and well within the time requirements specified by the Texas Election Code. Trained staff across multiple departments will be dedicated to complete this huge task."
    For information about the role of the Voter Registrar in the provisional voting process, see the Fact Sheet information provided below.
    The Role of the Voter Registrar in Provisional Voting
    The Voter Registration Division of the Travis County Tax Office adheres to clearly defined, standard procedures to process and maintain voter records. The procedures are based on state and federal laws. The following describes the process of reviewing provisional affidavits.
  • A provisional ballot is used when someone is not listed on the voter roll or does not present the legally acceptable identification, and the voter indicates that they meet all qualifications for voting.
  • Provisional ballots are sent to the Voter Registrar to examine, determine the voter's registration status and to make a final recommendation whether or not the voter is qualified to vote.
  • The voter registrar has up to three days to make a final recommendation and complete each provisional ballot affidavit unless the provisional ballot was cast by a person who did not provide a legally acceptable identification.
  • The Voter Registrar has up to seven days to make a final recommendation and complete the provisional ballot affidavit if the ballot was cast by a person who did not provide a legally acceptable identification. The voter has six days to cure their ballot and to do so, must appear in person at the Voter Registrar's office with legally acceptable identification.
  • The provisional ballot affidavit serves as a voter registration application. The voter registrar enters the voter information into the registration database using the Election Date as the effective date of registration.
  • As provisional ballots are examined and a final recommendation made, the Voter Registrar forwards all documents daily to the County Clerk Elections Division who in turn, convenes the Early Voting Ballot Board.
  • The Early Voting Ballot Board convenes to review each affidavit and approve or reject each provisional ballot. Not later than the 10th day after the local canvass, the Early Voting Ballot Board presiding judge shall deliver written notice regarding whether the provisional ballot was counted and if not counted, the reason the ballot was not counted

February 25, 2014 - Become a Volunteer Voter Registrar! March Training Details Announced!

    Help citizens register to vote! Promote voter registration at community events and within your own social networks. Distribute voter registration applications and confirm that all of the applications you provide are completed correctly. Issue an official receipt as proof of registration and deliver applications to the Voter Registrar within five days of completion.
    Come to the next one-hour training session on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 and register new voters in Travis County!
    "Helping citizens register to vote is a rewarding activity that makes a real impact on our community," said Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar, Bruce Elfant.
    How can you become a Volunteer Deputy Registrar (VDR)? To volunteer, you must be age 18 or older and must attend a one-hour training session. During training, you will review the qualifications to become a VDR, learn how to register voters correctly and be officially sworn-in.
    • All training sessions are held the first Tuesday of the month. The next session will be held March 4th, 2014. One-hour sessions that day will be held starting at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the main Travis County Tax Office located at 5501 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751. Pre-registration is not required.
    For more information, call (512) 854-9473.

February 11, 2014 - Online Property Tax Receipts Are Now Available!

    If you paid taxes in the month of January, your property tax receipt is available at www.traviscountytax.org. Property tax receipts will no longer be mailed automatically once property taxes are paid in full. Instead taxpayers are encouraged to access their receipts online.
    "Payments postmarked on Jan. 31 have been delivered by the post office and processed by our office." says Bruce Elfant, Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector. "Once a payment has been made, the receipt is available the next business day. We no longer have to wait for paper, printing and postage, making it easier than ever for customers to get the information they need to file their federal income taxes."
    Last year, 397,000 receipts were mailed to property owners at a cost of nearly $85,000. The Texas Property Tax Code does not require receipts be mailed and instead allows the tax office to provide them upon request. Online receipts are environmentally friendly, reduce costs, and allow taxpayers access to information outside of the tax office's normal business hours.
    Paper receipts and receipts for partial payments will still be available by including a request with the payment, calling (512) 854-9473, emailing Tax_Office@co.travis.tx.us, or visiting any tax office location.

February 3, 2014 - Consumer Alert - Property Tax Deferrals are FREE to File

    With the deadline for local property tax payment just passed, the tax office is now hearing from those, including the elderly and disabled, who cannot pay taxes. Section 33.06 of the Texas Property Tax Code provides the tax deferral as a remedy for those who live in their homestead residence, and are at least 65 years old or disabled. Tax deferrals, like exemptions, cost nothing to file and provide the owner with assurance that taxes can be deferred for payment at a future date.
    "Property owners may start seeing advertisements or direct mailers from companies offering to file property tax deferrals for a fee," says Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant. "We encourage customers to call our office for assistance because we can provide everything they need for free."
    Tax deferrals are not for everyone but they serve an important purpose to those qualified homeowners who need relief from paying taxes. To participate in this program, the property owner files an application for a deferral at the tax office or the appraisal district office. Upon approval, tax payment is deferred with no penalty and interest at only 8 percent per year. That amount is far below the usual penalty and interest that starts at 7 percent in February and reaches a high of 24 percent in 12 months. Placing a deferral on the property allows the owner to avoid immediate tax payment; however, there are important aspects to keep in mind.
    "When the owner sells the property or it passes to the heirs, all taxes, plus 8 percent interest, must be paid in full within 180 days or the regular penalty and interest will be applied," says Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant. "Six months is a relatively short period for settling an estate, therefore, it is strongly recommended that owners advise their heirs of a deferral so they can prepare."
    Those who are considering a deferral and have a lienholder should check with the mortgage company regarding their policies on deferrals. Finally, a qualified property owner may file a deferral as a backup, in case it's needed and continue to pay taxes.
    Contact the tax office at (512) 854-9473 for assistance.

January 29, 2014 - Photo ID Reminder Postcards Are In the Mail

    In preparation for the March 2014 election, 24,048 voters will receive information about the type of photo identification required at the polls and how to obtain a free Election Identification Certificate from the Texas Department of Public Safety. The Travis County Voter Registrar asked the Texas Secretary of State to provide information about voters with no state issued identification in order to target the mailing to voters who may not have what they need on Election Day.
    Travis County Voter Registrar Bruce Elfant says, "Our office is taking a proactive approach. Some of these voters may have another qualifying photo identification such as a passport or military ID. We just don't know, and we want to be sure every registered voter is able to exercise their right to vote."
    The following forms of photo identification are accepted:
    • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
    • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
    • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
    • Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
    • United States military identification card containing the person's photograph
    • United States citizenship certificate containing the person's photograph
    • United States passport
    With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented at the polling place. A permanent exemption is available for voters with documented disabilities. Voters with a disability may apply for a permanent exemption. The application must contain written documentation from either the U.S. Social Security Administration evidencing the applicant's disability, or from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs evidencing a disability rating of at least 50 percent.
    More information about photo identification is available at www.keepcalmvoteon.com or by calling 512-238-VOTE.

January 27, 2014 - DON'T MISS IT! 2013 Property Tax Payment Deadline is Days Away!

    Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, is the last day to pay 2013 property taxes without penalty and interest. Payments mailed with a U.S. Postal Service postmark are considered timely upon receipt. If you have waited until this month, here are your payment options:
    • Online at www.traviscountytax.org
      Deadline: Jan. 31, Midnight

    • By mail with a U.S. Postal Service postmark
      Deadline: Jan. 31

    • In person at 5501 Airport Blvd (main office)
      Deadline: Jan. 31, 5:30 p.m.

    • In person at any satellite tax office
      Deadline: Jan. 31, 5:00 p.m.

    • By phone at (512) 854-9473
      Deadline: Jan. 31, 5:30 p.m.

    • By drop box at 5501 Airport Blvd.
      Deadline: Jan. 31, Midnight
    "The postmark on your payment is critical," says Bruce Elfant, Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar. "Taxpayers who want to use their own bank's online services to pay must be aware that if the bank does not postmark the payment by Jan. 31, penalties and interest will apply as required by law. You should always check your bank's terms of service before making a property tax payment. You can also pay by electronic check at www.traviscountytax.org."
    This year, fees for electronic checks were reduced. The new fee structure charges $2 for transactions $1,000 or less and $5 for transactions more than $1,000. Credit card payments can also be processed online and are subject to a 3 percent convenience fee. Many taxpayers are surprised to discover that there are fees for paying online. The Texas Property Tax Code prohibits the collection of any fee other than the actual property tax due. As a result, accepting online payments requires a third party vendor. Travis County does not keep any portion of the fees; they are collected by the vendor to cover the cost of processing transactions and providing online services.
    For information about property taxes or a copy of your 2013 tax bill go to www.traviscountytax.org or call (512) 854-9473.

January 21, 2014 - Don't Miss the Feb. 3rd Voter Registration Deadline!

    Register to vote for the March 4 Primary Election by Monday, Feb. 3. If you have moved since the last time you voted, you must update your voter registration record. Travis County voters can review their current voter registration record online at www.votetravis.com, or they may contact the Voter Registrar's office by telephone at (512) 854-9473.
    "We want to be sure new Travis County residents and voters who have moved are registered on time for the election," said Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar, Bruce Elfant. "If you do not have an orange voter registration certificate with your current address, please contact our office to check your voter registration status."
    How can you register or make changes to your voter registration?
    For questions about your voter registration status, registering for the first time, updating an existing voter registration record, early voting locations or Election Day polling places, please visit www.traviscountytax.org or call (512) 854-9473.

JANUARY 13, 2014 - 2013 PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS ARE DUE JAN. 31!

    Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, is the last day to pay 2013 property taxes without penalty and interest. Payments mailed with a U.S. Postal Service postmark are considered timely upon receipt. If you have waited until this month, here are your payment options:
    • By mail with a U.S. Postal Service postmark on or before
      January 31
    • Online at www.traviscountytax.org
      January 31 until Midnight
    • In person at 5501 Airport Blvd (main office)
      January 31 until 5:30 p.m.
    • In person at any satellite tax office
      January 31 until 5:00 p.m.
    • By phone at (512) 854-9473
      January 31 until 5:30 p.m.
    • By drop box at 5501 Airport Blvd.
      Jan. 31 until Midnight
    "The postmark on your payment is critical," says Bruce Elfant, Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar. "Taxpayers who want to use their own bank's online services to pay must be aware that if the bank does not postmark the payment by Jan. 31, penalties and interest will apply as required by law. You should always check your bank's terms of service before making a property tax payment. You can also pay by electronic check at www.traviscountytax.org."
    This year, fees for electronic checks were reduced. The new fee structure charges $2 for transactions $1,000 or less and $5 for transactions more than $1,000. Credit card payments can also be processed online and are subject to a 3 percent convenience fee. Many taxpayers are surprised to discover that there are fees for paying online. The Texas Property Tax Code prohibits the collection of any fee other than the actual property tax due. As a result, accepting online payments requires a third party vendor. Travis County does not keep any portion of the fees; they are collected by the vendor to cover the cost of processing transactions and providing online services.

January 3, 2014 - Property Tax Flood Relief Efforts Announced

    Travis Central Appraisal District Chief Appraiser Marya Crigler and Travis County Tax Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant announced today that property owners in declared disaster areas will benefit from provisions in the Texas Property Tax Code that allow for reappraisal of property and paying property taxes in four installments. The option to grant reappraisal has been approved by Travis County and other taxing entities are considering similar measures.
    "The Property Tax Code allows us to reappraise the property at its market value immediately after the disaster resulting in prorated taxes from the date of the disaster," says Marya Crigler. "Most property owners will only see a small decrease in their 2013 taxes because the revised value only applies to the months of November and December. As always, property will be revalued for the upcoming 2014 appraisal roll as of January 1, so if renovation has not been completed, owners will receive a reduced value from all of the taxing jurisdictions for 2014."
    Information, including an example of how the new taxes will be calculated, can be found here. Taxpayers seeking information about a specific property can contact the Travis Central Appraisal District at 512-834-9138.
    "Property owners in the disaster area, who are unable to pay their taxes by the January 31st deadline, have the option to pay in four installments," says Bruce Elfant. "The installments are due on January 31st, March 31st, May 31st and July 31st."
    Of the 639 properties in the disaster area, 386 of the 2013 property tax accounts were paid by a mortgage company or the owner in the month of December, one property owner has applied for installment payments, and 252 property owners have been notified by letter of the option to apply for installment payments. Taxpayers interested in installment payments can contact the Travis County Tax office at 512-854-9473.

January 2, 2014 - Online Property Tax Receipts For December Payments Now Available

    Property tax receipts will no longer be mailed automatically once property taxes are paid in full. Instead taxpayers are encouraged to access their receipts online.
    "Most mortgage companies pay taxes on behalf of their customers the last week of December." says Bruce Elfant, Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector. "Once a payment has been made, the receipt is available the next business day. The majority of the mortgage company payment receipts are already available because we no longer have to wait for paper, printing and postage."
    Last year, 397,000 receipts were mailed to property owners at a cost of nearly $85,000. The Texas Property Tax Code does not require receipts be mailed and instead allows the tax office to provide them upon request. Online receipts are environmentally friendly, reduce costs, and allow taxpayers access to information outside of the tax office's normal business hours.
    "We expect to continue receiving December payments from the post office for the next few days, so if you mailed a check to our office, you may want to check the website next week. We expect to have the majority of the December payments processed by Jan. 10th," says Elfant.
    Paper receipts and receipts for partial payments will still be available by including a request with the payment, calling (512) 854-9473, emailing tax_office@co.travis.tx.us, or visiting any tax office location.

2013 NEWS

December 31, 2013 - January 3rd Property Tax Flood Relief Joint News Conference Announced!

    Property Tax Flood Relief Efforts To Be Announced January 3rd, 2014 at 10 a.m.
    Travis Central Appraisal District Chief Appraiser, Marya Crigler and Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector, Bruce Elfant will conduct a joint news conference announcing property tax related flood relief efforts currently underway. The appraisal district, tax office, and taxing jurisdictions have collaborated to identify affected properties and determine how the remedies available under the Texas Property Tax Code will be implemented.
  • The news conference will be at 10 a.m., Friday, January 3rd at the Travis Central Appraisal District, 8314 Cross Park Drive Austin, TX 78754.

December 30, 2013 - January 2014 Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar Training Details Announced!

    BECOME A VOLUNTEER DEPUTY REGISTRAR!
    JANUARY 2014 TRAINING DETAILS ANNOUNCED!
    Help citizens register to vote! Promote voter registration at community events and within your own social networks. Distribute voter registration applications and confirm that all of the applications you provide are completed correctly. Issue an official receipt as proof of registration and deliver applications to the Voter Registrar within five days of completion.
    Come to a one-hour training session on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 and register new voters in Travis County!
    "Helping citizens register to vote is a rewarding activity that makes a real impact on our community," said Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar, Bruce Elfant.
    How can you become a Volunteer Deputy Registrar (VDR)? To volunteer, you must be age 18 or older and must attend a one-hour training session. During training, you will review the qualifications to become a VDR, learn how to register voters correctly and be officially sworn-in.
  • All training sessions are held the first Tuesday of the month. The next session will be held January 7th, 2014. One-hour sessions that day will be held starting at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the main Travis County Tax Office located at 5501 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751.

December 26, 2013 - December Property Tax Deadline Is Days Away

    If you pay property taxes and you want a December receipt for federal income tax purposes, the final day to pay is Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Payments can be made in person at any tax office location during normal business hours, online on our "Research and Pay" page or by mail with a Dec. 31, 2013, postmark. For property owners who prefer to make their payment next year, the last day to pay the 2013 taxes without penalty is Jan. 31, 2014.
    "As part of our Go Green initiative, we have made improvements in our website including reduced electronic check fees, enrollment in eBill services, and online receipts," say Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant. "Our offices are very busy as we near the deadline. Accessing your bill online and paying using an eCheck provides you with immediate proof that the payment has been received on time without waiting in line."
    The new electronic check fee structure charges $2 for transactions $1,000 or less and $5 for transactions more than $1,000. Credit card payments can also be processed online and are subject to a 3 percent convenience fee. Many taxpayers are surprised to discover that there are fees for paying online. The Texas Property Tax Code prohibits the collection of any fee other than the actual property tax due. As a result, accepting online payments requires a third party vendor. Travis County does not keep any portion of the fees; they are collected by the vendor to cover the cost of processing transactions and providing online services.
    For information about property taxes or a copy of your 2013 tax bill call (512) 854-9473 or visit the "Research and Pay" page in the Property Tax section of our website.

December 19, 2013 - Don't Miss the Deadline for a December Property Tax Receipt

    If you pay property taxes and you want a December receipt for federal income tax purposes, the final day to pay is Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Payments can be made in person at any tax office location during normal business hours, online on our "Research and Pay" page or by mail with a Dec. 31, 2013, postmark. For property owners who prefer to make their payment next year, the last day to pay the 2013 taxes without penalty is Jan. 31, 2014.
    "As part of our Go Green initiative, we have made improvements in our website including reduced electronic check fees, enrollment in eBill services, and online receipts," say Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant. "Our offices are very busy as we near the deadline. Accessing your bill online and paying using an eCheck provides you with immediate proof that the payment has been received on time without waiting in line."
    The new electronic check fee structure charges $2 for transactions $1,000 or less and $5 for transactions more than $1,000. Credit card payments can also be processed online and are subject to a 3 percent convenience fee. Many taxpayers are surprised to discover that there are fees for paying online. The Texas Property Tax Code prohibits the collection of any fee other than the actual property tax due. As a result, accepting online payments requires a third party vendor. Travis County does not keep any portion of the fees; they are collected by the vendor to cover the cost of processing transactions and providing online services.
    For information about property taxes or a copy of your 2013 tax bill call (512) 854-9473 or visit the "Research and Pay" page in the Property Tax section of our website.

December 18, 2013 - New Orange Voter Registration Cards Delivered!

    Approximately 574,000 registered voters in Travis County have received new voter certificates by mail. The new certificates are orange and replace the yellow certificates that expire 12/31/13.
    Mailing voter registration certificates every two years provides an opportunity for both voters and the county to update their records. Voters can return the certificate with corrections noted on the back, and a new certificate will be mailed in 30 days. The most common reasons voter registration cards are corrected include reporting that a voter no longer lives at the address, reporting that the voter is deceased, and making name or address changes.
    "It is important for voters to check the mail for their new certificate," says Travis County Voter Registrar Bruce Elfant. "If you are registered to vote and your certificate does not arrive or is incorrect, we want to help you make the necessary changes before the next election."
    Elfant estimates that 14 percent of the first-class mailed certificate will be returned as undeliverable because the voter has moved and did not provide an updated address. If a voter moved and provided a forwarding address at the post office, a follow-up letter is mailed requesting an address update. If the voter fails to respond, the record is placed in a suspense file. While this action does not prevent an individual from voting, it may cause a delay at the polling place on Election Day. Address updates can be made online if the voter has moved within Travis County. If the voter is registering to vote in Travis County for the first time or has moved from another Texas County, a new application to register to vote must be submitted. More details about how to register can be found on our website here.

December 13, 2013 - Don't Shoot the Messenger: Former Name on Voter Certificate Mandated By Law

    Are you unhappy with the former name that appears on your new orange voter registration certificate? Contact your legislator to voice your concern. Contact the Travis County Voter Registrar to have it changed.
    Over the past week some of the approximately 600,000 orange voter registration certificates that hit Travis County mailboxes have angered voters. The issue involves the listing of "former name" on the certificate. While the Tax Office has always maintained records of former names, they were not included on voter registration cards until the passage of SB 14 (82nd Legislative Session), which now requires former names be included.
    "Some voters who received their new voter registration certificate with a former name have complained that they never expected it to be included on the certificate," commented Bruce Elfant, Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar. "It appears that the intent was to provide additional information for the new photo ID requirement, but this unintended consequence has upset many voters," Elfant added.
    Elfant advises, "If you would like your former name removed, submitting a name change and leaving the former name box blank will update the record to reflect that you no longer wish to have it listed. A new voter registration certificate will be sent within 30 days." The former name will still appear in the county's history records as required by law.
    There are three ways to submit a name change:
    • Complete a name change online here.
    • Correct the information in the space provided on the back of the orange certificate and return it to Travis County Voter Registrar, P.O. Box 149327, Austin, TX 78714-9327.
    • Submit a corrected voter registration application with the "change" box selected in person at any tax office location or by mail at Travis County Voter Registrar, P.O. Box 149327, Austin, TX 78714-9327.
    For assistance by phone, contact the Voter Registrar at (512) 854-9473.

December 5, 2013 - Go Green Initiative Expanded To Provide Online Property Tax Receipts

    Travis County taxpayers have more online options with the addition of property tax receipts to www.traviscountytax.org. Postcard receipts will no longer be mailed automatically once property taxes are paid in full. Instead taxpayers are encouraged to access their receipts online. The new online feature includes a five year history of receipts.
    Last year, 397,000 receipts were mailed to property owners at a cost of nearly $85,000. The Texas Property Tax Code does not require receipts be mailed and instead allows the tax office to provide them upon request.
    "We realize that property owners in Travis County are used to automatically receiving their receipts by mail each year, so this will be a big change" says Bruce Elfant, Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector. "However, our Go Green initiative is not only cost-saving and environmentally friendly, it provides access to information 24 hours a day 7 days a week."
    Paper receipts and receipts for partial payments will still be available by including a request with the payment, calling (512) 854-9473 or emailing Tax_Office@co.travis.tx.us.

November 13, 2013 - SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED

    2013 Tax Bills Should Be in Your Hands
    If you own property in Travis County, chances are you already received a 2013 property tax bill. Over the past several weeks, 272,651 bills hit mailboxes. Especially for owners of multiple properties, this is the time of year to make sure you have received bills for all of your properties. Anyone who needs a tax bill can download a copy here or request a mailed copy by calling (512) 854-9473.
    If you are one of the 123,758 homeowners who escrow through a mortgage company or lending institution, your mortgage company probably requested the bill in order to pay your taxes, but you might want to check with them to be sure.
    "Some taxpayers believe that if they do not receive a bill, they are not liable for tax payment," said Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant. "Taxpayers are responsible for requesting a bill if they do not receive one and are liable for penalties and interest if the payment deadline is not met."
    The deadline to pay 2013 property taxes is Jan. 31, 2014. Payments can be made by coming in person to any Tax Office location during normal business hours, postmarking the payment on or before the deadline, or using our online services.
    "This year, we worked closely with our vendor to reduce electronic check fees on our website, reducing the fee from a maximum of $40 to a maximum of $5," Elfant said. "For owners who want to be sure their funds are received by our office and posted immediately to the account, electronic check is a convenient and affordable way to pay."
    The 2012 collection rate for Travis County is 99.27 percent. "Taxpayers are doing their part to fund local services by paying their tax bills on time or establishing a payment plan," Elfant said. "We are looking forward to similar success with the 2013 tax collections."

November 7, 2013 - JUST BECAUSE THEY CAN, DOES NOT MEAN THEY SHOULD.

    Voter History Records Used in Campaign Mailing Cause Confusion.
    Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar Bruce Elfant released the following statement on the recent use of voter history records:
    "Our office has received a number of complaints regarding a campaign mailer for the Nov. 5 election distributed by the Texas Chiropractors Association Political Action Committee that includes names, addresses and voting histories of intended recipients and several of their neighbors. While voting records are considered public information, registered voters who have no connection to candidates or political action committees don't realize that their names, addresses and voting records would ever be published and widely distributed in campaign mailers.
    The other thing about this particular mailer is that it appears the voter history data was not accurately transcribed from the Tax Office Voter Registration database causing confusion for voters. On this point I have turned this mailer over to the Travis County Attorney's office for their review.
    Too often participants in political campaigns fail to make distinctions between what is legal and what is ethical and proper. My guess is that the overwhelming number of Travis County registered voters would not find the widespread distribution of personal voter information (whether correct or false) to be ethical or proper.
    I strongly urge all candidates, campaigns, PACs, etc. to consider the voters they are attempting to persuade before publishing their personal information they did not authorize or expect. Just because they can does not mean they should."
    Sec. 1.012 of the Texas Election Code establishes that election records are public information and must be made available upon request. Voters seeking clarification regarding their voter registration record are encouraged to contact the Travis County Tax Office at 512-854-9473 or at Tax_Office@co.travis.tx.us.

November 4, 2013 - Important Voter Information

    Travis County Voter Registration officials seek feedback from voters who may have received duplicate or inaccurate notices about a change in polling place. Approximately 70,000 notices on a white 4 x 6 postcard were mailed last week to inform voters of new neighborhood voting locations; 40,000 are believed to be duplicates or have incorrect precinct information caused by a programming error.
    During the November 5, 2013 election, Travis County voters can cast a ballot at any polling location in the county. Voters can also verify their precinct and polling location information at www.votetravis.com.
    Tax office chief operating officer Tina Morton stated, "We regret any inconvenience this has caused. The problem has been resolved and there will be no further postcards mailed in error. A notice with the correct precinct information will be sent to affected voters."

October 29, 2013 - Volunteers Use New Technology to Register Voters!

    The development of a new voter registration tool that identifies where potential voters live in Travis County is helping volunteers target their voter registration efforts. At the request of various members of the community including political parties, volunteer deputy registrars and candidates for political office, Voter Registrar Bruce Elfant initiated a project to design maps showing the location of unregistered voters by precinct. He commented, "The map idea was hatched in a brainstorming session that included Travis County Voter Registration GIS Analysts Melinda Avey and Tommy Miller."
    The members of the GIS team started with census data and files showing the current location of registered voters. By combining the address files from the City of Austin with voter registration records, they were able to plot the location of known addresses that do not indicate a resident registered voter. The exported data was used to generate 240 precinct maps with dots showing suspended voters and potential or "unregistered" voters.
    The unregistered voter maps were made available to the public online here, and volunteers were invited to come view a demonstration and ask questions about the project. Not long after the maps were made available, volunteer deputy registrars suggested improvements such as a street listing to accompany each map, monthly updates, and the removal of vacant lots from the listings. The GIS team was able to implement these changes within days.
    Mary Ann Neely, a 30-year veteran chair for Travis County precinct 342, took advantage of the unregistered voter maps to mobilize neighborhood volunteers. She arranged for deputy registrar training at her home for 16 volunteers. Part of the event included an enlarged map displayed on an easel. Volunteers were invited to sign up to canvass streets and mark the huge map. Mary Ann then compiled the information and prepared individual maps and lists in a packet volunteers picked up the next week. "Each of us had about 20 people to reach," said Mary Ann. "I will remind everyone with calls and emails."
    For questions about becoming a Volunteer Deputy Registrar or for more information about unregistered voter maps, call 512-854-9473.

October 28, 2013 -Become a Volunteer Voter Registrar! November 2013 Training Details Announced!

    Help citizens register to vote! Promote voter registration at community events and within your own social networks. Distribute voter registration applications and confirm that all of the applications you provide are completed correctly. Issue an official receipt as proof of registration and deliver applications to the Voter Registrar within five days of completion.
    Do these sound like things you can do? Then come to a one-hour training session on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 and register new voters in Travis County!
    "Helping citizens register to vote is a rewarding activity that makes a real impact on our community," said Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar, Bruce Elfant.
    How can you become a Volunteer Deputy Registrar (VDR)?
    • To volunteer, you must be age 18 or older and must attend a one-hour training session. During training, you will review the qualifications to become a VDR, learn how to register voters correctly and be officially sworn-in.
    All training sessions are held the first Tuesday of the month. The next session will be held November 5, 2013. One-hour sessions that day will be held starting at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the main Travis County Tax Office located at 5501 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751.
    For more information, please call (512) 854-9473.

October 22, 2013 - Buying a Car? Don't Forget Your ID!

    Travis County residents purchasing a vehicle in Texas must now show a proper form of identification to obtain a title and registration. If you are buying from a dealer, provide the dealer with your identification. If you are buying a car from an individual, bring your identification and all other required application forms and fees with you to the Tax Office to apply for the title.
    "We want to process your registration and title application as quickly and efficiently as possible," said Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant "So it's very important to know the new rules before heading to our office or your auto dealer."
    The identification rule passed by the board of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) took effect in September 2013. It was required as part of two state laws approved in 2011 (HB 2017 and HB 2357) that mandate identification for titling a vehicle and first-time registrants. This change does not apply to registration renewals.
    The following forms of identification are acceptable:
    • A driver's license or state identification certificate issued by a state or territory of the United States
    • United States or foreign passport
    • U.S. military identification card
    • U.S. Department of Homeland Security identification document
    • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services identification document
    • U.S. Department of State identification document
    • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) identification
    • Identification issued under a Status of Forces Agreement
    Vehicles will be titled in your legal name as it appears on your identification. If your name has changed, you will need to have your ID corrected before the purchase. If you are filling out the title application yourself, be sure to use your legal name. For more information about this new rule and the process for buying or selling a vehicle, visit the TxDMV's motorists' portal online at www.TxDMV.gov.

October 21, 2013 - Travis County Deputizes Record Number of Volunteers!

    Al Bingham was sworn in Saturday, Oct. 20 as the 2,000th Volunteer Deputy Registrar, a record in an odd-numbered year. Al is a retired veteran and has lived in Travis County for 22 years. "Voting is a right we all struggled for and as good citizens it is something we should do," Al Bingham said.
    Travis County Volunteer Deputy Registrars help engage citizens in the democratic process by registering voters in their neighborhoods and at community events. To become a volunteer, individuals must be eligible to register to vote and attend a one-hour training session. Regular training sessions are held the first Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Travis County Tax Office. Additional training sessions for 10 or more people are available upon request.
    "Registering to vote is a responsibility of citizenship," said Bruce Elfant, Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector & Voter Registrar. "We are grateful that more than 2,000 citizens share this belief and are working to encourage all citizens to participate in our democracy. We have registered over 20,000 new voters this year thanks to the help of our volunteers."

September 30, 2013 - JOINT VOTER ID MOBILIZATION EFFORT ANNOUNCED!

    Voters heading to the polls for the Nov. 5 General Election will be subject to new photo identification laws. Today, Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir, Travis County Voter Registrar Bruce Elfant and Austin City Council Member Mike Martinez announced a voter ID mobilization effort focused on education and outreach.
    "Keep Calm and Vote On" is a web and social media campaign designed to raise public awareness. The website, www.KeepCalmVoteOn.com, includes information about acceptable IDs and how to obtain a free Election Identification Certificate.
    The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Secretary of State have made resources available through Election Day to assist voters. Residents can obtain Election Identification Certificates, register to vote, update voter registration information, and apply for disability exemptions at these neighborhood locations:
    Thursday, Oct. 3, and Monday, Oct. 7, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • UT Flawn Academic Center - 2400 Inner Campus Drive, West Mall, 78705
    • Fiesta Stassney - 5510 S. IH-35, 78745
    • Gardner Betts Juvenile Center Annex lobby - 2501 S. Congress Ave. (at Long Bow - Bank of America Bldg.), 78704
    • North Austin Branch YMCA - 1000 W. Rundberg Lane, 78753
    Friday, Oct. 4, and Tuesday, Oct. 8, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • Austin Area Urban League - 8011-A Cameron Road, Suite 100, 78754
    • ACC Eastview Campus - 3401 Webberville Road, 78702
    • ACC Riverside Campus - 1020 Grove Blvd., Building G, 78741
    • Fiesta Central - 3909 N. IH-35, 78722
    The Texas Department of Public Safety is issuing Election Identification Certificates every Saturday through Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at these locations:
    • DPS - Austin Northwest
      13730 Research Boulevard
    • DPS - Pflugerville
      216 Wells Branch Parkway
    • DPS - Austin South
      6425 S. IH 35, #180
    Visit www.KeepCalmVoteOn.com for information or give us a call.
    The County Clerk's Elections Division number is (512) 238-VOTE (8683) or call the Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar at (512) 854-9473.

September 26, 2013 - BECOME A VOLUNTEER VOTER REGISTRAR! OCTOBER TRAINING DETAILS ANNOUNCED!

    Help citizens register to vote! Promote voter registration at community events and within your own social networks. Distribute voter registration applications and confirm that all of the applications you provide are completed correctly. Issue an official receipt as proof of registration and deliver applications to the Voter Registrar within five days of completion.
    Does this sound like something you can do? Then come to a one-hour training session on October 1st and register new voters in Travis County leading up to the next election!
    "Helping citizens register to vote is a rewarding activity that makes a real impact on our community," said Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar, Bruce Elfant.
    How can you become a Volunteer Deputy Registrar (VDR)? To volunteer, you must be age 18 or older and must attend a one-hour training session. During training, you will review the qualifications to become a VDR, learn how to register voters correctly and be officially sworn-in.
  • All training sessions are held the first Tuesday of the month. The next session will be held October 1, 2013. One-hour sessions that day will be held starting at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the main Travis County Tax Office located at 5501 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751.
    For more information, please call (512) 854-9473.

September 20, 2013 - DO YOU HAVE AN EXACT MATCH?

Check your voter registration record on National Voter Registration Day!

    Tuesday, September 24th is National Voter Registration Day. This year, it is important for voters to celebrate by registering for the first time, updating their address if they have moved and checking for an exact match between their photo identification and their voter registration record. The November 5, 2013 election will be the first time Travis County voters will be required to take a photo identification to the polls.
    The following forms of photo identification are accepted:
    • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
    • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
    • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
    • Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
    • United States military identification card containing the person's photograph
    • United States citizenship certificate containing the person's photograph
    • United States passport
    A voter's identification must exactly match the name on the registered voters list. If it does not, but is "substantially similar," the voter will be allowed to vote after initialing a column on the sign-in sheet at the polls. If it is not "substantially similar," the voter will be allowed to vote provisionally.
    "Online resources will make it easy for voters to check for an exact name match and correct any errors before they go to the polls. Voters should look for any variations such as the use of a nickname, a missing initial, or a name change. National Voter Registration Day brings awareness to register to vote for the first time, but this year it is important for all voters to take action," says Bruce Elfant, Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar.
    With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented at the polling place. A permanent exemption is available for voters with documented disabilities. Voters with a disability may apply for a permanent exemption. The application must contain written documentation from either the U.S. Social Security Administration evidencing the applicant's disability, or from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs evidencing a disability rating of at least 50 percent. Exemption forms are available at on our voter forms page.
    Voters registering for the first time in Travis County can pick up an application at any post office, library, or tax office location or download an application from our voter forms page. Currently registered voters can check for an exact match by comparing their Voter Registration Certificate to the identification they will be taking to the polls. If a voter does not have a voter registration certificate, the voter registration record is available on our Voter Verification page or by phone at 512-854-9473. Voters who find any variations in the names should update their voter registration record online at this website or fill out a voter registration application.

September 5, 2013 - DON'T MISS THE SEPTEMBER 15TH DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR YOUR 2013 eBILL!

    Each year the Travis County Tax Office mails approximately 265,000 tax bills costing taxpayers just under $116,000. In June of this year, the Tax Office launched its new eBill service, Go Green!
    eBills are a convenient, environmentally-friendly and cost-saving option for taxpayers. Property owners must have a valid email address and sign up on or before September 15, 2013 to receive their 2013 tax bill electronically.
    "Tax bills have been available online in Travis County for the past 10 years, but the law required all tax offices to mail a bill each year using the US Postal Service. In 2012, the Texas Property Tax Code was amended allowing owners to opt for an eBill instead," says Tax Assessor-Collector & Voter Registrar Bruce Elfant.
    This year, the Travis County Tax Office worked with vendors to reduce eCheck fees from a maximum fee of $40 to a maximum fee of $5 when paying at www.traviscountytax.org using a checking account. "Our goal is to increase the number of people who receive their tax bill online and pay online to further reduce costs and the impact on the environment," says Elfant.
    To sign up now, visit our home page and click on the "Go Green" link. Locate your account using the property address, owner's name, or account number.

September 3, 2013 - Travis County Voter Registrar Launches Unregistered Voter Maps!

    Travis County Voter Registrar Bruce Elfant announces an exciting new tool that will allow citizens to view precinct maps displaying the addresses where there may be unregistered or suspended voters.
    "While many offices provide different types of voter registration data, we have not found any other website that provides this level of detail about potential unregistered voters. The maps not only give us a visual indication of where there are large pockets of registered voters, they also provide an address list that can be used by our volunteers to walk the neighborhoods."
    Today's announcement comes on the same day that Travis County Commissioners adopted a Proclamation making September Travis County Voter Registration Awareness Month. The Travis County Voter Registrar's Office has partnered with the Capital Area Food Bank and Travis County Volunteer Deputy Registrars to provide voter registration services at all Capital Area Food Bank locations.

August 30, 2013 - Travis County Voter Registrar Launches Unregistered Voter Maps!

    Tuesday, September 3 at 2 p.m., Travis County Voter Registrar Bruce Elfant will announce an exciting new tool that will allow citizens to view precinct maps displaying the addresses where there may be unregistered or suspended voters. The demonstration will take place at the Travis County Tax Office located at 5501 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751.
    "We can't wait to show citizens and volunteers this new feature of our website," says Bruce Elfant. "We have over 1,000 Volunteer Deputy Registrars who will now be able to determine where unregistered voters are concentrated so they can reach out to the voters in those communities in a targeted way. While many offices provide different types of voter registration data, we have not found any other website that provides this level of detail about potential unregistered voters."
    The event will be held in the Travis County Elections Division Training Room and is open to the public.

August 28, 2013 - September Voter Registrar Training Details Announced!

    Help citizens register to vote!  Promote voter registration at community events and within your own social networks. Distribute voter registration applications and confirm that all of the applications you provide are completed correctly. Issue an official receipt as proof of registration and deliver applications to the Voter Registrar within five days of completion.
    Does this sound like something you can do?  Then come to a one-hour training session on September 3rd and register new voters in Travis County leading up to the next election!
    “Helping citizens register to vote is a rewarding activity that makes a real impact on our community,” said Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar, Bruce Elfant.
    How can you become a Volunteer Deputy Registrar (VDR)? To volunteer, you must be age 18 or older and must attend a one-hour training session. During training, you will review the qualifications to become a VDR, learn how to register voters correctly and be officially sworn-in.
  • All training sessions are held the first Tuesday of the month.
  • The next session will be held September 3, 2013.
  • One-hour sessions start at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.
  • Training is held at the main Travis County Tax Office located at 5501 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751.

August 20, 2013 - New Identification Rules For Vehicle Titling and Registration Now In Effect

    Beginning in September of last year, new state laws required residents who were titling a vehicle in the state and first-time registrants to show identification. The second phase of this law begins September 1, 2013 and specifies that a Matrícula Consular, an identification issued by Mexican consulates, will no longer be accepted as a form of ID.
    From September 1, 2013 forward, the only acceptable government photo identification will be a:
    • Driver's license or state identification certification issued by a state or territory of the U.S.
    • U. S. or foreign passport
    • U. S. military identification
    • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) identification or identification issued under a U.S. Status of Forces Agreement
    • U. S. Department of Homeland Security identification
    • U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services documentation
    • U.S. Department of State ID
    "We want Travis County citizens to be prepared when they purchase a vehicle from a dealer or come to our office to transfer title or register a vehicle for the first time," says Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar Bruce Elfant.
    Call (512) 854-9473 between the hours of 7:30 AM and 5:30 PM weekdays for assistance.

July 30, 2013 - August Voter Registrar Training Details Announced!

    Help citizens register to vote!  Promote voter registration at community events and within your own social networks. Distribute voter registration applications and confirm that all of the applications you provide are completed correctly. Issue an official receipt as proof of registration and deliver applications to the Voter Registrar within five days of completion.
    Does this sound like something you can do?  Then come to a one-hour training session on August 6th and register new voters in Travis County leading up to the next election!
    “Helping citizens register to vote is a rewarding activity that makes a real impact on our community,” said Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar, Bruce Elfant.
    How can you become a Volunteer Deputy Registrar (VDR)?To volunteer, you must be age 18 or older and must attend a one-hour training session. During training, you will review the qualifications to become a VDR, learn how to register voters correctly and be officially sworn-in.
  • All training sessions are held the first Tuesday of the month.
  • The next session will be held August 6, 2013.
  • One-hour sessions start at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Training is held at the main Travis County Tax Office located at 5501 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751.

July 25, 2013 - DELINQUENT PERSONAL PROPERTY AUCTION ANNOUNCED FOR FRIDAY 7/26/2013

    Tax Office to liquidate St. Thomas Davenport inventory featuring wedding gowns, designer bridesmaid, formal, and cocktail dresses, jewelry and accessories!
  • WHO: Gaston & Sheehan Auctioneers
  • WHAT: Tax Sale of personal business property.  Inventory includes 446 lots featuring gowns by Roberto Cavalli, Herve Leger, and Bagley Mischka, and an assortment of high-end jewelry and accessories.
  • WHEN: Tomorrow, July 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM CST
  • WHERE: 1420 FM 685 / Pflugerville, TX 78660 or online at http://bid.txauction.com/auction.aspx?as=28287
  • WHY: Legal remedy to collect unpaid property taxes in excess of $226,000.00

July 2, 2013 - Voter Registrar Issues Independence Day Challenge

    Volunteers Register Voters at Celebrations throughout Travis County Austin, TX
    Volunteer Deputy Registrars will be out in force this Fourth of July with the goal of registering 1,000 new Travis County voters in a single day. This voter registration initiative is one of many planned in order to reach the goal of registering an additional 200,000 voters by the 2016 Presidential Election. Travis County currently has approximately 605,000 registered voters.
    "What better way to celebrate Independence Day than by registering to vote?" says Bruce Elfant, Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar. "While Travis County has historically had one of the highest levels of voter registrations when compared to other urban counties, we still have a lot of work to do to reach our goal of registering 90% of the eligible population."
    Where can voters register this Fourth of July?
    • Allandale July 4th Parade, Treadwell & Bullard, 9 a.m.
    • Auditorium Shores, 1st & Riverside, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    • Barton Hills Neighborhood, Barton Hills Dr.
    • Dalewood Neighborhood Parade, 1200 Brentwood Rd., 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    • Genuine Joe Coffeehouse, 2001 Anderson Ln.
    • Highland Park West Balcones Area Neighborhood Assn, Camp Mabry Area
    • Mueller Neighborhood, Lake Park, 9:30 a.m.
    • Northwest Hills Parade, Far West Blvd , 9 a.m.
    • Rebekah Baines Johnson Center, 21 Waller St.
    • Reed Park, 2600 Pecos St.
    • Rosedale Neighborhood Promenade, 9 a.m.
    • Shady Hollow Homeowners Association, Eldorado & Saddle Mountain Tr., 9:30 a.m.
    • Village at Western Oaks Parade, Dick Nichols Park, 9 a.m.
    • Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.
    What other ways can you register or make changes to your voter registration?
    • Come in person to one of the five Tax Office locations during business hours. Find maps and driving directions to all of our locations on our Contact Us page.
    • Mail an application to P.O. Box 149328, Austin, TX 78714. Find applications at area post offices, libraries or on our Contact Us page.
    • Go online to this website to update your name or address if you have moved within Travis County.
    For questions about your voter registration status, registering for the first time, or updating an existing voter registration record, please call (512) 854-9473.

July 1, 2013 - EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY- Delinquent Penalty On Title Transfers Capped at $250

    Great news for private motor vehicle buyers! With the recent passage of House Bill 2741, the delinquent penalty for late title transfers is capped at $250.00. Prior to the passage of this bill, penalties started at $25 and continued to increase by $25 every 30 days, without limit, until the title transfer was completed.
    "For some unfortunate buyers, these late penalties could end up costing a lot more than they'd budgeted for" advises Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant. "We are pleased that this new legislation will allow more Travis County residents to get legally registered and remove financial barriers that could keep them off the road."
    To avoid paying any late penalties, we recommend that buyer and seller meet at one of our five locations to complete title transfers within 30 calendar days from the date of sale.
    You can find maps, driving directions and office hours for all of these locations on our Contact Us page. Required title transfer documents, important instructions and helpful research resources for private party buyers and sellers can be found on our Title Transfers page. You can also get help Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.. by calling (512) 854-9473.

June 25, 2013 - What better way to celebrate Independence Day?  Become a Volunteer Voter Registrar!

    Help citizens register to vote!  Promote voter registration at community events and within your own social networks. Distribute voter registration applications and confirm that all of the applications you provide are completed correctly. Issue an official receipt as proof of registration and deliver applications to the Voter Registrar within five days of completion.
    Does this sound like something you can do?  Then come to a one-hour training session on July 2nd and you’ll be ready to register new voters on the 4th of July! 
    “Helping citizens register to vote is a rewarding activity that makes a real impact on our community,” said Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar, Bruce Elfant.
    How can you become a Volunteer Deputy Registrar (VDR)? To volunteer, you must be age 18 or older and must attend a one-hour training session. During training, you will review the qualifications to become a VDR, learn how to register voters correctly and be officially sworn-in.
    All training sessions are held the first Tuesday of the month. The next session will be held July 2, 2013. One-hour sessions that day will be held starting at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the main Travis County Tax Office located at 5501 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751.

June 11, 2013 - GO GREEN! TAX OFFICE NOW OFFERS PAPERLESS BILLING!

    Austin, Texas ---- You can now sign up to receive your 2013 property tax notice electronically!  Notices are sent out in October each year.  When you sign up for paperless billing or “e-bill”, the same notice you normally receive will be e-mailed to you securely, instead of sent via ground mail.  This saves time, paper, and most importantly, tax dollars. Approximately 265,000 tax notices mailed each year cost taxpayers just under $116,000 to send.
    “We are excited to offer this new, cost-saving and environmentally-friendly option for the taxpayers of Travis County” said Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant. “Signing up to receive an e-bill is easy and sends a clear message that the citizens of our county care about saving tax dollars and the environment.”
    To sign up now, visit the Travis County Tax Office website at www.traviscountytax.org and look for this “Go Green” link:
    All you need is an e-mail address.  After clicking the link, locate your account using the property address, owner’s name or account information, and complete the easy instructions that follow.

May 29, 2013 - NEW! Rapid Vehicle Registration Renewal Processing Streamlines Customer Service!

    Beginning June 1, the Travis County Tax Office will be transitioning to a new vehicle renewal system that will change the way mail-in vehicle registration renewals are processed.
    The current processing system returns the original renewal notice and the proof of insurance to the vehicle owner along with a new sticker. The new processing system will mail the sticker, and all other documents will be destroyed. Vehicle owners providing proof of insurance should retain their original documents and mail a copy.
    "Returning every document increases postage costs and requires additional staff time. By mailing only the renewal sticker, we can assist customers more quickly and at a lower cost," says Bruce Elfant, Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector. Each year, the Travis County Tax Office registers over 820,000 vehicles and 130,000 of these registrations are processed by mail.
    "We know our customers might be surprised when they open their next envelope from us to find the documents are no longer being returned. However, streamlining the renewal process allows us to provide better service," says Elfant.

May 28, 2013 - Join Us for Volunteer Voter Registrar Training Next Tuesday - June 4th, 2013!

    Help citizens register to vote by becoming a Volunteer Deputy Registrar (VDR). Volunteer Deputy Registrars promote voter registration most commonly at community events and within their own social networks. They distribute voter registration applications and confirm that all of the applications they provide are completed correctly. They also provide a receipt to show proof of registration and deliver applications to the Voter Registrar within 5 days of completion.
    "Helping citizens register to vote is a rewarding activity that makes a real impact on our community," said Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar, Bruce Elfant.
    How can you become a Volunteer Deputy Registrar (VDR)?
    • To volunteer, you must be age 18 or older and must attend a one-hour training session. During training, you will review the qualifications to become a VDR, learn how to register voters correctly and be officially sworn-in.
    • All training sessions are held the first Tuesday of the month.
    • The next session will be held June 4th. One-hour sessions that day will be held starting at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the main Travis County Tax Office located at 5501 Airport Boulevard, Austin, TX 78751.

May 24, 2013 - FINAL TAX FORUM OF THE SEASON - DON'T MISS IT!

May 17, 2013 - Property Tax Forum Next Thursday, May 23rd!

May 14, 2013 - TONIGHT: Pleasant Hill Library, 6:00pm. This event is free and open to the public!

May 10th, 2013- Only three more property tax forums coming up!

    Join Chief Appraiser Marya Crigler and Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant next Tuesday, May 14th at 6pm!

May 6, 2013 - Tonight at 7pm, join us at the Trinity United Methodist Church as the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association hosts an important property tax forum. This event is FREE and all Travis County residents are welcome to attend.

May 2, 2013 - DON'T MISS OUT! Only a handful of property tax forum dates remain! Take this opportunity to ask Chief Appraiser Marya Crigler and Tax-Assessor Collector Bruce Elfant questions about property appraisals and taxes in-person!

    There are two chances to attend one of these important forums coming up next week.
  • Monday, May 6th at 7:00pm
    Trinity United Methodist Church
    This event is being hosted by the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association. All Travis County residents are welcome to attend.
    4001 Speedway
    Austin, TX 78753
    Download a flyer for the May 6th Property Tax Forum

April 30, 2013 - Join us tonight at the Milwood Library located at 12500 Amherst Drive at 6pm for this important community property tax forum! This even is FREE and open to the public!

April 26, 2013 - TAKE INITIATIVE! BECOME A VOLUNTEER DEPUTY REGISTRAR!

    Help citizens register to vote by becoming a Volunteer Deputy Registrar. Volunteer Deputy Registrars promote voter registration most commonly at community events and within their own social networks. They distribute voter registration applications and confirm that all of the applications they provide are completed correctly. They also provide a receipt to show proof of registration and deliver applications to the Voter Registrar within 5 days of completion.
    “Helping citizens register to vote is a rewarding activity that makes a real impact on our community,” said Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar, Bruce Elfant.
    How can you become a Volunteer Deputy Registrar (VDR)? To volunteer, you must be age 18 or older and must attend a one-hour training session. During training, you will review the qualifications to become a VDR, learn how to register voters correctly and be officially sworn-in.
    All training sessions are held the first Tuesday of the month. The next session will be held May 7th.  One-hour sessions that day will be held starting at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the main Travis County Tax Office located at 5501 Airport Boulevard, Austin, TX 78751.

April 25, 2013 - Property Tax Forum Dates for Next Week!

    Maybe you are a new homeowner with questions about your property taxes. Or maybe you are a long time resident with questions about exemptions. Chief Appraiser Marya Crigler and Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant present information about the appraisal process, exemptions and deferrals, payment plans, and the deadlines all property owners should know. Most importantly, they plan to answer any questions you have for them!
    All events are free and open to the public.
    Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest details! Call (512) 854-9473 during business hours for further assistance.

April 23, 2013 - Full Property Tax Forum Dates Released!

April 18, 2013 - Three Chances to Attend! Don't Miss Next Week's Property Tax Forums!

    Maybe you are a new homeowner with questions about your property taxes. Or maybe you are a long time resident with questions about exemptions. Chief Appraiser Marya Crigler and Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant present information about the appraisal process, exemptions and deferrals, payment plans, and the deadlines all property owners should know. Most importantly, they plan to answer any questions you have for them!
    These events are free and open to the public.
  • Wednesday, April 24th at 7:00pm
    This event is being hosted by the Austin Neighborhood Council.
    All Travis County residents are welcome to attend.

    Austin Energy Headquarters
    721 Barton Springs Road - Shudde Fath Conference Room
    Austin, TX 78704
    Download a flyer for the April 24th Property Tax Forum.
  • Thursday, April 25th at 6:00pm
    This event is being hosted by the Blackshear/Prospect Hill Neighborhood Association.
    All Travis County residents are welcome to attend.
    Carver Library
    1161 Angelina Street
    Austin, TX 78702
    Download a flyer for the April 25th Property Tax Forum.

April 15, 2013 - Property Tax Forums Announced!

    Maybe you are a new homeowner with questions about your property taxes. Or maybe you are a long time resident with questions about exemptions. Chief Appraiser Marya Crigler and Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant present information about the appraisal process, exemptions and deferrals, payment plans, and the deadlines all property owners should know. Most importantly, they plan to answer any questions you have for them!
    All events are free and open to the public.
  • Monday, April 22nd at 6:00pm
    Willie Mae Kirk Library
    3101 Oak Springs Drive
    Austin, TX 78702
  • Wednesday, April 24th at 7:00pm
    This event is being hosted by the Austin Neighborhood Council.
    All Travis County residents are welcome to attend.

    Austin Energy Headquarters
    721 Barton Springs Road - Shudde Fath Conference Room
    Austin, TX 78704
  • Thursday, April 25th at 6:00pm
    This event is being hosted by the Blackshear/Prospect Hill Neighborhood Association.
    All Travis County residents are welcome to attend.

    Carver Library
    1161 Angelina Street
    Austin, TX 78702
  • Tuesday, April 30th at 6:00pm
    Milwood Library
    12500 Amherst Drive
    Austin, TX 78727
  • Thursday, May 2nd at 6:00pm
    City of Jonestown City Council Chambers
    18649 FM 1431 - Suite 3A
    Jonestown, TX 78645
  • Monday, May 6th at 7:00pm
    This event is being hosted by the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association.
    All Travis County residents are welcome to attend.

    Trinity United Methodist Church
    4001 Speedway
    Austin, TX 78753
  • Thursday, May 9th at 7:00pm
    This event is being hosted by the Southwood Neighborhood Association.
    All Travis County residents are welcome to attend.

    ACC South Austin Campus
    1820 W. Stassney Lane - Room 1130
    Austin, TX 78745
  • Tuesday, May 14th at 6:00pm
    Pleasant Hill Library
    211 E. William Cannon Drive
    Austin, TX 78745
  • Thursday, May 23rd at 6:00pm
    Lago Vista Public Library
    5803 Thunderbird - Suite 40
    Lago Vista, TX 78645
  • Tuesday, May 28th at 6:00pm
    Howson Library
    2500 Exposition Boulevard
    Austin, TX 78703

April 04, 2013 - April 11th Voter Registration Deadline is Just Days Away!

    Register to vote for the May 11, 2013 General Election by April 11th, 2013. If you have moved since the last time you voted, you must update your voter registration record. Travis County voters can review their current voter registration record online at www.traviscountytax.org, or they may contact the Voter Registrar's office by telephone at (512) 854-9473.
    "We want to be sure new Travis County residents and voters who have moved are registered on time for the election," said Travis County Tax Collector and Voter Registrar, Bruce Elfant. "If you do not have a yellow voter registration certificate with your current address, please contact our office to check your voter registration status."
    How can you register or make changes to your voter registration?
  • Come in person to one of the five tax office locations during business hours. Find maps and driving directions to all of our locations at www.traviscountytax.org.
  • Mail an application and make sure the US postmark shows April 11th or earlier. Find applications at area post offices, libraries or at www.traviscountytax.org.
  • Go to www.texas.gov to update your name or address if you have moved within Travis County.
    For questions about your voter registration status, registering for the first time, updating an existing voter registration record, early voting locations or Election Day polling places, please visit www.traviscountytax.org or call (512) 854-9473.

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March 25, 2013 - Tax Office Lowers Electronic Check Fees!

    Electronic check fees for online property tax payments at www.traviscountytax.org have been reduced. Under the old fee structure, taxpayers paid from $3 - $40 depending on the dollar amount of the transaction. The new fee structure charges $2 for transactions $1,000 or less and $5 for transactions over $1,000.
    "We have been working with our vendor, Government Payments, to reduce the cost for paying online with an electronic check," said Travis County Tax Collector and Voter Registrar, Bruce Elfant. "Taxpayers who are delinquent on their 2012 taxes will be able to take advantage of the reduced fees right away, and we are confident that more citizens will be able to use this convenient payment option when the 2013 bills are mailed this fall."
    Many taxpayers are surprised to discover that there are fees for paying online. The Texas Property Tax Code prohibits the collection of any fee other than the actual property tax due. As a result, accepting online payments requires a third party vendor. Travis County does not keep any portion of the fees; they are collected by the vendor to cover the cost of processing transactions and providing online services.
    For questions about property tax payment options, visit www.traviscountytax.org or call (512) 854-9473.

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March 22, 2013 -Take Initiative! Become a Volunteer Voter Registrar!

    Help citizens register to vote for the May 11, 2013 General Election by becoming a Volunteer Deputy Registrar. Volunteer Deputy Registrars promote voter registration most commonly at community events and within their own social networks. They distribute voter registration applications and confirm that all of the applications they provide are completed correctly. They also provide a receipt to show proof of registration and deliver applications to the Voter Registrar within 5 days of completion.
    "Helping citizens register to vote is a rewarding activity that can help make a real impact on our community," said Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar, Bruce Elfant. "The deadline to register for the May election is April 11 and volunteers will play an important role leading up to the deadline."
    How can you become a Volunteer Deputy Registrar (VDR)?
  • To volunteer, you must be age 18 or older and must attend a one-hour training session. During training, you will review the qualifications to become a VDR, learn how to register voters correctly and be officially sworn-in.
  • All training sessions are held the first Tuesday of the month. The next session will be held April 2nd. One-hour sessions that day will be held starting at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the main Travis County Tax Office located at 5501 Airport Boulevard, Austin, TX 78751.
    For more information, please visit www.traviscountytax.org or call (512) 854-9473.

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March 19, 2013 - Voter Registration Deadline for May Election is April 11th, 2013

    Register to vote for the May 11, 2013 General Election by April 11th, 2013. If you have moved since the last time you voted, you must update your voter registration record. Travis County voters can review their current voter registration record online at www.traviscountytax.org, or they may contact the Voter Registrar's office by telephone at (512) 854-9473.
    "We want to be sure new Travis County residents and voters who have moved are registered on time for the election," said Travis County Tax Collector and Voter Registrar, Bruce Elfant. "If you do not have a yellow voter registration certificate with your current address, please contact our office to check your voter registration status."
    How can you register or make changes to your voter registration?
    For questions about your voter registration status, registering for the first time, updating an existing voter registration record, early voting locations or Election Day polling places, please visit www.traviscountytax.org or call (512) 854-9473.

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February 25, 2013 - Late Vehicle Registration News

    If your vehicle registration has expired, your best bet is to call or come in to a tax office to renew!
    Has your vehicle registration expired? Don't worry, there are still plenty of easy ways to renew your registration and get back on the road.
    Starting today, there is a new option to renew online at www.texas.gov if your registration is expired (by 6 months or less). Be aware, when renewing online, that you will be charged for a full 12 months of registration automatically, but your new sticker will still expire in the month it was scheduled to expire had you renewed on time. This is because the automated system defaults to the expiration month on file whether renewing on time or late.
    If you have a valid reason for renewing late (IE: your vehicle hasn't been running, has been in storage or has not been on the road) please call or come in to renew with us and receive a new sticker good for 12 months. You'll find more information about renewing by phone or in person below.
    All five of our locations can renew your registration in-person in just a few minutes, even if it's expired by a little or a lot. Most of our offices even offer renewal via the drive-through! Come see us with your proof of insurance and a valid photo ID to make your payment. You'll walk away with your new sticker and receipt on the spot.
    If coming in to an office doesn't work for your schedule, you can also renew an expired registration over the phone. Just call (512) 854-9473 during regular business hours with a credit or debit card. One of our 14 communications specialists will get you renewed in minutes. While there is an additional convenience fee (usually no more than $3) to pay by phone, we'll be happy to e-mail or fax a copy of your new registration receipt to you. You'll then receive your new sticker by regular mail within 5-7 days.
    For more information about the various ways you can renew your registration, visit our website at www.traviscountytax.org or call (512) 854-9473.

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February 15, 2013 - Delinquent Tax Notices are in the Mail

    Approximately 30,000 Travis County property owners with unpaid taxes received (or will soon receive) notice by mail to pay up or face additional penalties. As of February 1, 2013, all unpaid taxes follow a schedule of penalty and interest that increases each month starting at 7% of the base amount of taxes due. By the fifth month of delinquency, the penalty and interest reaches 18%. In a year's time, the total is 24%.
    Delinquent taxpayers may arrange a payment plan online, by phone at (512) 854-9473 or in person at the main tax office location, 5501 Airport Boulevard from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. For those who qualify, a payment arrangement does not eliminate penalties and interest, but it prevents legal action as long as the taxpayer adheres to the agreement. Owners of 2,814 properties have already signed payment agreements for 2012.
    "Most taxpayers pay on time. But for those who don't, the Texas Property Tax Code is very clear about the actions that must be taken to collect delinquent taxes," says Bruce Elfant, Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector. "The law states that we must notify taxpayers of delinquent status and we must assess penalty and interest," he said.
    Of the 388,065 accounts listed on the tax roll, 96.4% paid on time. Of the $2.5 billion levied by all taxing units, $2,387,212,000 has been collected. The base amount that remains unpaid is $91,947,451.
    Call (512) 854-9473 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays for assistance.

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February 6, 2013 - Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar Training Announced!

    Get involved! Become a volunteer deputy voter registrar for Travis County!
    Help register citizens to vote for the May 11, 2013 General Election now by becoming a Volunteer Deputy Registrar. Volunteer Deputy Registrars come from all walks of life. They regularly promote voter registration at festivals, job fairs, concerts, community events and within their own social networks. Volunteer Deputy Registrars distribute voter registration applications, make sure the applications are completed correctly, provide a receipt that serves as proof of registration and deliver applications to the Office of the Voter Registrar within 5 days of completion.
    "Helping citizens register to vote is a rewarding activity that can help make a real impact on our community," said Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar, Bruce Elfant. "The deadline to register for the May election is April 11 and volunteers will play an important role leading up to the deadline."
    How can you become a Volunteer Deputy Registrar (VDR)? Volunteers must be 18 years or older and attend a one-hour training session where they learn about the qualifications to become a VDR and how to register voters.
    • The next training sessions will be held on February 19, 20, 21 and 22 at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Travis County Tax Office located at 5501 Airport Boulevard, Austin, TX 78751.

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February 5, 2013 - Property Tax Payment Plan Information

    Travis County taxpayers who missed the January 31 payment deadline may begin to receive letters from property tax lien transfer companies offering assistance. The loans offered by these companies often come with interest rates that are much higher than paying taxes directly to the tax office. Taxpayers who need to make payment arrangements may apply online. This service allows the applicant to view exactly how much monthly payments will be with penalty and interest.
    "We want taxpayers to make an informed decision and not be intimidated by marketing scare tactics sometimes used by companies providing loans. Customers should read any information they receive carefully and be aware that some letters even look like they are coming from a government office," says Bruce Elfant, Tax Assessor-Collector.
    By law, penalty and interest begins to accrue on all unpaid taxes starting February 1, 2013. In the first month of delinquency, penalty and interest total 7% and increase each month thereafter. In a year's time, the total reaches 24%.
    There are several other ways to contact the tax office to request a payment plan:
  • Send an e-mail requesting a payment arrangement to Tax_Office@co.travis.tx.us.
  • Send a request by regular mail to: Travis County Tax Office / P O Box 149328 / Austin, TX 78714-9328 including your contact information for a return call, e-mail or letter back from our office.
  • Request a payment arrangement in person by visiting the main tax office location at 5501 Airport Boulevard, Austin, TX 78751.
  • Request a payment arrangement by telephone at (512) 854-9473.
    Office hours for telephone customers and visitors at the main office are 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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January 28, 2013 - Property Tax Payment Deadline is Just Days Away!

Thursday, January 31 is the payment deadline for 2012 property taxes. Payments mailed with a Thursday, January 31 (or earlier) U.S. Postal Service postmark are considered timely upon receipt.

    Anyone who has not received a property tax bill may call (512) 854-9473 or download a bill at www.traviscountytax.org. If you have waited until this month, here are your payment options:
  • In person at 5501 Airport Blvd (main office) January 31, 5:30 p.m.
  • In person at any satellite tax office January 31, 5:00 p.m.
  • By phone at (512) 854-9473 January 31, 5:30 p.m.
  • Online at www.traviscountytax.org January 31, Midnight
  • By drop box at 5501 Airport Blvd. January 31, Midnight
  • By mail with a U.S. Postal Service postmark January 31
    "To avoid standing in line on January 31, we encourage taxpayers to mail their payments instead," says Bruce Elfant, Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar. "Taxpayers who want to use their own bank's online services to pay must be aware that if the bank does not postmark the payment by January 31, penalties and interest will apply as required by law. You should always check your bank's terms of service before making a property tax payment."
    The Travis County Tax Office will collect over $2.5 billion dollars levied to support 107 taxing jurisdictions including AISD, the City of Austin, Travis County, ACC and Central Health. Typically, 95% of tax payments are made by the deadline and most are made by check sent via the U.S. Postal Service.
    Seniors and disabled taxpayers may take advantage of a special provision in the law that allows for quarterly payments. Along with a "letter of intent" (available online or by telephone) to document the plan, seniors and disabled taxpayers pay at least one-fourth of the tax bill by January 31, and the three remaining payments by March 31, May 31 and July 31. Veterans who are 100% disabled and their surviving spouses may be completely exempt from paying property taxes.
    Payments can be made by cash (in person only), check, money order, cashier's check, electronic check and credit card. Electronic check and credit card payments online, by phone, and in person incur convenience fees. Fees are charged by the vendor who provides electronic check and credit card services. Only those who choose to use the service will pay these fees. The fee for an electronic check ranges from $3 to $40 and the credit card fee is 3% of any payment over $100 and $3 for any payment up to $100.
    For those who cannot pay taxes, the credit card option may represent a desirable alternative because on February 1, 2013 all unpaid 2012 taxes incur 7% penalty and interest charges automatically as a matter of state law. The convenience fee charged by the vendor-provided credit card service is 3%. Paying with a credit card to avoid delinquency could save taxpayers a considerable amount of money.
    "If you can't pay all of your taxes, you can make a payment arrangement online," says Elfant. "You can also write, call, or come in person to make these arrangements. The most important thing is to contact the tax office about delinquent taxes. While a payment arrangement does not remove penalties and interest, taxpayers will find it much cheaper to contact us than to wait for our office to contact them."
    Visitors may choose among five locations to make a property tax payment in-person during regular business hours.
  • Central - 5501 Airport Blvd., 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (drive through service)
  • East - 4705 Heflin Lane, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (drive through service)
  • Southeast - 4011 McKinney Falls Parkway, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (drive through service)
  • Southwest - 8656 Highway 71W Building B, 2nd floor, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Pflugerville - 15822 Foothill Farms Loop, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (drive through service)
    Call (512) 854-9473 for assistance at all tax office locations.

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January 24, 2013 - Important Property Tax News

    Can't pay your property taxes? Apply online for a monthly payment plan!
    Travis County taxpayers who need to make arrangements to pay property taxes may apply online. This service not only provides taxpayers with an online application and immediate response, it also allows the applicant to view exactly how much monthly payments will be with penalty and interest.
    With the 2012 property tax deadline (January 31, 2013) close at hand, taxpayers who need to explore payment options will find the service a useful tool in decision-making. By law, penalty and interest begins to accrue on all unpaid taxes starting February 1, 2013. In the first month of delinquency, penalty and interest total 7% and increase each month thereafter. In a year's time, the total reaches 24%.
    The majority of tax payments are on time, and 95% of the total levy is collected by the deadline. Approximately 45,000 parcels go delinquent each year because taxes are not paid in full by the deadline. Of these, approximately 13,000 parcels are involved in a payment arrangement with the tax office.
    "A payment arrangement does not eliminate the required penalty and interest, but it does protect the owner from further legal action. Taxpayers should contact our office or use our online service as soon as they know they can't pay in full so we can discuss payment options." says Bruce Elfant, Tax Assessor-Collector.
    Taxpayers may submit a down payment when making a payment plan but it is not required. Down payments may be submitted online, by mail, or in person.
    Taxpayers may qualify for online approval of a payment arrangement if they agree to:
  • pay in full within 12 months on real estate properties
  • pay in full within 6 months on business personal properties
  • remain in good standing on any other accounts showing current or delinquent taxes due
  • provide an e-mail address
    The online service provides a convenient alternative to mail and personal visits to the tax office. More importantly, it allows the taxpayer to fully understand the impact of penalty and interest. If the taxpayer chooses to make a down payment, he or she can adjust monthly payments based on varying down payment amounts.
    There are several other ways to contact the tax office to request a payment plan:
  • Send an e-mail requesting a payment arrangement to Tax_Office@co.travis.tx.us
  • Send a request by regular mail to: Travis County Tax Office / P O Box 149328 / Austin, TX 78714-9328 including your contact information for a return call, e-mail or letter back from our office
  • Request a payment arrangement in person by visiting the main tax office location at 5501 Airport Boulevard, Austin, TX 78751
  • Request a payment arrangement by telephone at (512) 854-9473.
    Office hours for telephone customers and visitors at the main office are 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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January 15, 2013 - Property Tax News

    Have you paid your 2012 property taxes yet? Property tax payments are due January 31st!
    Thursday, January 31 is the payment deadline for 2012 property taxes. Anyone who has not received a property tax bill may call (512) 854-9473 or download a bill at www.traviscountytax.org. Payments mailed with a Thursday, January 31 (or earlier) U.S. Postal Service postmark are considered timely upon receipt.
    If you have waited until this month, here are your payment options:
  • In person at 5501 Airport Blvd (main office) January 31, 5:30 p.m.
  • In person at any satellite tax office January 31, 5:00 p.m.
  • By phone at (512) 854-9473 January 31, 5:30 p.m.
  • Online at www.traviscountytax.org January 31, Midnight
  • By drop box at 5501 Airport Blvd. January 31, Midnight
  • By mail with a U.S. Postal Service postmark January 31
    "The postmark on your payment is critical," says Bruce Elfant, Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar. "Taxpayers who want to use their own bank's online services to pay must be aware that if the bank does not postmark the payment by January 31, penalties and interest will apply as required by law. You should always check your bank's terms of service before making a property tax payment."
    The Travis County Tax Office will collect over $2.5 billion dollars levied to support 107 taxing jurisdictions including AISD, the City of Austin, Travis County, ACC and Central Health. Typically, 95% of tax payments are made by the deadline and most are made by check sent via the U.S. Postal Service.
    Seniors and disabled taxpayers may take advantage of a special provision in the law that allows for quarterly payments. Along with a "letter of intent" (available online or by telephone) to document the plan, seniors and disabled taxpayers pay at least one-fourth of the tax bill by January 31, and the three remaining payments by March 31, May 31 and July 31. Veterans who are 100% disabled and their surviving spouses may be completely exempt from paying property taxes.
    Payments can be made by cash (in person only), check, money order, cashier's check, electronic check and credit card. Electronic check and credit card payments online, by phone, and in person incur convenience fees. Fees are charged by the vendor who provides electronic check and credit card services. Only those who choose to use the service will pay these fees. The fee for an electronic check ranges from $3 to $40 and the credit card fee is 3% of any payment over $100 and $3 for any payment up to $100.
    For those who cannot pay taxes, the credit card option may represent a desirable alternative because on February 1, 2013 all unpaid 2012 taxes incur 7% penalty and interest charges automatically as a matter of state law. The convenience fee charged by the vendor-provided credit card service is 3%. Paying with a credit card to avoid delinquency could save taxpayers a considerable amount of money.
    "If you can't pay all of your taxes, you can make a payment arrangement online," says Elfant. "You can also write, call, or come in person to make these arrangements. The most important thing is to contact the tax office about delinquent taxes. While a payment arrangement does not remove penalties and interest, taxpayers will find it much cheaper to contact us than to wait for our office to contact them."
    Visitors may choose among five locations to make a property tax payment in-person during regular business hours:
  • - Central - 5501 Airport Blvd., 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (drive through service)
  • - East - 4705 Heflin Lane, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (drive through service)
  • - Southeast - 4011 McKinney Falls Parkway, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (drive through service)
  • - Southwest - 8656 Highway 71W Building B, second floor, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • - Pflugerville - 15822 Foothill Farms Loop, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (drive through service)

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January 2, 2013 - New Tax Assessor-Collector & Voter Registrar, Mr. Bruce Elfant, Sworn Into Office Today!

    Effective January 1, 2013, Travis County residents will write a new name on checks for vehicle and property tax transactions. Bruce Elfant was sworn in at a public ceremony today as Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar after being elected in November, 2012. He is preceded by Tina Morton.
    "If you have already written your check out to Tina Morton, don't worry. Our bank is prepared to accept your checks during this transition." Elfant said. Customers often ask why they write the check to a specific person. "Part of my job is to obtain a bond that makes me responsible for taxpayer funds. That's why checks are made out to the name of the individual who holds the office." Elfant said.
    Tens of thousands of taxpayers will write checks for 2012 property taxes over the next few weeks. The deadline to pay taxes and avoid penalty and interest is Thursday, January 31, 2013. Taxpayers who are unable to pay by the deadline should contact the tax office by phone at (512) 854-9473 or online to arrange a payment plan.

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December 31, 2012 - NEW TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR & VOTER REGISTRAR NEWS

    Swearing in Ceremony Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.
    Bruce Elfant will be sworn in as Travis County Tax-Assessor Collector and Voter Registrar on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 at 12 p.m. The ceremony will be held at 5501 Airport Blvd. Guests should follow signs to the North entrance of the building on the second floor. The ceremony and reception are open to the public. Read the official press release.

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December 28, 2012 - PROPERTY TAX PAYMENT NEWS

    DEADLINE TO PAY PROPERTY TAXES FOR A DECEMBER RECEIPT IS DAYS AWAY! DON'T MISS GETTING A DEDUCTION!
    If you pay property taxes and expect to get a December receipt for federal income tax purposes, be advised of these payment deadlines:
    PAYMENT METHOD                                   DATE                 TIME
    IN PERSON AT 5501 AIRPORT (MAIN LOCATION)        12/31                5:30 p.m.
    IN PERSON AT ANY SATELLITE TAX OFFICE            12/31                5:00 p.m.
    ONLINE AT WWW.TRAVISCOUNTYTAX.ORG                12/31                Midnight
    IN DROP BOX AT 5501 AIRPORT BLVD.                12/31                Midnight
    BY MAIL WITH A US POSTAL SERVICE POSTMARK        12/31                N/A
    The last day to pay 2012 property taxes without penalty is January 31, 2013. The vast majority of taxpayers mail payments, but about 10% prefer to pay in person. If you plan to visit a tax office location please try to come early. While all tax office locations are prepared to serve customers it's still a good idea to come as early as possible.
    "There is still time to head to the post office and avoid long lines," said Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector Tina Morton. "About 90% of all taxpayers use mail and, as long as the postmark shows 12/31/12 or earlier, the owner will receive a December receipt." The mailing address is: Travis County Tax Office / P. O. Box 149328 / Austin, TX 78714-9328.
    Morton said anyone who needs a tax bill can download a copy at www.traviscountytax.org or call (512) 854-9473. Even without a tax bill, a check mailed with the property identification on it will be accepted and posted for December payment.
    In addition to the main office on Airport Boulevard, taxpayers may pay in person at any tax office satellite location weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:
  • East Austin – 4705 Heflin Lane at Springdale and MLK Blvd (drive through service)
  • Oak Hill Office – 8656 Highway 71W Building B, second floor
  • Pflugerville Office – 15822 Foothill Farms Loop (drive through service)
  • Southeast Office – 4011 McKinney Falls Parkway (drive through service)
    Visit www.traviscountytax.org to pay online with a credit card. A 3% convenience fee is charged by the vendor that provides this service. Fees for payment with an electronic check (also vendor provided service) range from $3 -- $40.
    Call (512) 854-9473 for assistance.

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December 20, 2012 -Voter Registration Roll Purged

    This week the office of the Travis County Voter Registrar will remove 41,505 voter's names from the roll of Travis County registered voters in accordance with Texas law.  This purge takes place every two years and its purpose is to maintain accurate voter records.
    The names purged today reflect those voters who did not respond to mailed inquiries and whose mailed voter certificates and other correspondence have been returned as undeliverable by the postal service.
    If a voter was purged, it does not mean they cannot vote.  A voter registration application completed and submitted by the next deadline ensures voting eligibility.
    The next regularly scheduled election conducted by Travis County will be on Saturday, May 11, 2013.  The deadline to register for that election is Thursday, April 11, 2013.  Voters can download a voter registration application and check their voting status online at www.traviscountytax.org.
    For assistance, contact the Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar's office at (512) 854-9473.  Office hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Voter Purge History - number of voters purged by year:

    2002 - 38,721
    2004 - 61,026
    2006 - 45,774
    2008 - 35,709
    2010 - 40,349
    2012 - 41,505

Read the official press release.

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December 17, 2012 - Tax Assessor-Collector News

    Swearing-In Ceremony Announced
    Bruce Elfant will be sworn in as Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 at 12 p.m. The ceremony will be held at 5501 Airport Blvd. Guests should follow signs to the North entrance of the building on the second floor. The ceremony and reception are open to the public.

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December 5, 2012 - Join Our Celebration Today!

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November 30, 2012 - Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar News

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR CHERYL REESE TO ALL CURRENT VOLUNTEER DEPUTY REGISTRARS IN TRAVIS COUNTY:

    "It has been a very productive 2 year term. Your hard work and dedication has Travis County at 81.48% of its eligible registered voters. In your honor, Wednesday, December 5th, 2012, from 2-4 p.m. there will be a Shining Star Celebration at 4717 Heflin Ln. Austin TX, 78721. In the new community room behind the JP1 Building. Please come enjoy lots of food and surprises. I look forward to seeing you all there!"

    - Cheryl Reese
    Volunteer Coordinator, Voter Registration Division
    Travis County Tax Office

PLEASE RSVP WITH CHERYL RESSE BY NOVEMBER 30, 2012 AT (512) 854-9473 EXT. 33284

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November 16, 2012 - General News

November 15, 2012 - Property Tax News

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November 6, 2012 - Election Day News

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October 24, 2012 - Voter Registration News

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October 16, 2012 - Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar Training News

October 16, 2012 - Tax Foreclosure Sale News

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October 15, 2012 - Voter Registration News

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October 8, 2012 - 24 Hours and Counting! Don't Miss the October 9th Voter Registration Deadline

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October 6 - October 9, 2012 - UPCOMING VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVES

THE VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THE NOVEMBER 6, 2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS NEXT TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9TH!

Voter registration drives are happening county wide at a huge variety of locations all weekend (Oct. 6 and Oct. 7) and at every Travis County Thundercloud Subs location next Tuesday (October 9th) ALL DAY from 10a.m. - midnight.

If you need to get registered or make changes to your existing Travis County voter registration record, you can complete and submit your application form at any of the following locations at these designated times:

SATURDAY October 6, 2012

    9:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Progress Coffee - 500 San Marcos Street
  • Cherrywood Coffeehouse - 1400 E. 38th 1/2 Street
  • Juan in a Million - 2300 E. Cesar Chavez Street
    9:30 a.m. - Noon
  • Austin Java - 12th & Lamar - 1206 Parkway
  • Austin Java - City Hall - 301 W. 2nd Street
    Noon - 2:00 p.m.
  • Juan in a Million - 2300 E. Cesar Chavez Street
    Noon - 3:00 p.m.
  • Austin Java - 12th & Lamar - 1206 Parkway
  • Austin Java - Barton Springs - 1608 Barton Springs Road
  • Austin Java - City Hall - 301 W. 2nd Street
  • Tesoros Trading Company - 1500 S. Congress Avenue
  • Freebirds -South Congress - 515 S. Congress Avenue
  • Freebirds - Hancock Center - 1000 E. 41st Street
  • Freebirds - Brodie Oaks - 4032 S. Lamar Boulevard
  • Freebirds - Austin Commons - 11101 Burnet Road
  • Freebirds - Tech Ridge - 1100 Center Ridge Drive
  • Cherrywood Coffeehouse - 1400 E. 38th 1/2 Street
    1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Texas Craft Brewers Festival - Fiesta Gardens - 2101 Jesse Segovia Street
    3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Tesoros Trading Company - 1500 S. Congress Avenue
  • Freebirds - South Congress - 515 S. Congress Avenue
  • Freebirds - Hancock Center - 1000 E. 41st Street
  • Freebirds - Brodie Oaks - 4032 S. Lamar Boulevard
  • Freebirds - Austin Commons - 11101 Burnet Road
  • Freebirds - Tech Ridge - 1100 Center Ridge Drive

SUNDAY October 7, 2012

    9:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Progress Coffee - 500 San Marcos Street
  • Cherrywood Coffeehouse - 1400 E. 38th 1/2 Street
  • Juan in a Million - 2300 E. Cesar Chavez Street
    9:30 a.m. - Noon
  • Austin Java - 12th and Lamar - 1206 Parkway
  • Austin Java - Barton Springs - 1608 Barton Springs Road
  • Austin Java - City Hall
    Noon - 2:00 p.m.
  • Juan in a Million - 2300 E. Cesar Chavez Street
    Noon - 3:00 p.m.
  • Tesoros Trading Company - 1500 S. Congress Avenue
  • Austin Java - 12th and Lamar - 1206 Parkway
  • Austin Java - Barton Springs - 1608 Barton Springs Road
  • Austin Java - City Hall - 301 W. 2nd Street
  • Freebirds - South Congress - 515 S. Congress Avenue
  • Freebirds - Hancock Center - 1000 E. 41st Street
  • Freebirds - Brodie Oaks - 4032 S. Lamar Boulevard
  • Freebirds - Austin Commons - 11101 Burnet Road
  • Freebirds - Tech Ridge - 1100 Center Ridge Drive
  • Cherrywood Coffeehouse - 1400 E. 38th 1/2 Street
    3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Tesoros Trading Company - 1500 S. Congress Avenue
    3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Freebirds - South Congress - 515 S. Congress Avenue
  • Freebirds - Hancock Center - 1000 E. 41st Street
  • Freebirds - Brodie Oaks - 4032 S. Lamar Boulevard
  • Freebirds - Austin Commons - 11101 Burnet Road
  • Freebirds - Tech Ridge - 1100 Center Ridge Drive

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TUESDAY - October 9, 2012

    10:00 a.m. - MIDNIGHT
  • You can register to vote at every Thundercloud Subs location (within Travis County) all day until midnight on the day of the deadline (10/09/2012).

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October 4, 2012 - VOTER REGISTRATION NEWS

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October 2, 2012 - VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS SEVEN DAYS AWAY! REGISTER YOU+2 TODAY!

  • Citizens have seven more days to register to vote for the November 6 Presidential Election! With the Tuesday, October 9, 2012 deadline looming, Travis County voters are encouraged to review their current voter registration record on our voter verification page or contact the Voter Registrar's office at (512) 854-9473 to make sure they are registered to vote at the correct address.

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September 26, 2012 - VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR NOVEMBER ELECTION IS 10/09/2012!

  • Register to vote for the November 6 Presidential Election by Tuesday, October 9, 2012. If you have moved since the last time you voted, you must update your voter registration. Travis County voters can review their current voter registration record online, or they may contact the Voter Registrar's office by telephone at (512) 854-9473.
  • "Whether you have just moved to Travis County, or you are 18 years old and eligible to vote for the first time, the first step of the process is to register," said Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar, Tina Morton. "In addition to registering yourself, our U+2 campaign is all about helping your friends and family members register to vote at the same time."

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September 18, 2012 - NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY EVENT ANNOUNCED!

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September 2012 Letter of Examination Information:

Have you recently received a letter from our office regarding the status of your voter registration? If you have, please read the following important information for answers about how to proceed.

  • In an effort to maintain the accuracy of the voter registration roll, as is the Voter Registrar's responsibility, our office has recently mailed out approximately 2,200 Letters of Examination to currently registered Travis County voters who had some matching information to a master list of deceased persons issued by the Social Security Administration. This letter is not a notification that a voter's registration is invalid. It is a request for contact from the voter to verify that they are, in fact, still eligible to vote.
  • We are asking that anyone who receives one of these letters call our office at (512) 854-9473 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday so that we may create an official verbal response memorandum to retain on file as proof that the voter in question is still a qualified Travis County voter.

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September 7, 2012 - MOTOR VEHICLE NEWS

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August 31, 2012 - DAILY VOTER REGISTRATION TRAINING ANNOUNCED!

  • Starting September 5, 2012, the Travis County Voter Registrar will offer Volunteer Deputy Registrar training sessions at 10:30 a.m. Monday - Friday. Travis County enjoys the highest voter registration rate among urban counties in Texas thanks in large part to its Volunteer Deputy Registrars. They distribute voter registration applications and take responsibility for making sure the applications are completed correctly. Volunteer Deputy Registrars also provide a receipt that serves as proof of registration and they personally deliver applications to the Voter Registrar within 5 days of completion. Read the complete Voter Registration Training press release for complete details.

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August 29, 2012 - BACK TO SCHOOL VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION

  • As students begin the fall semester at local universities, they have a choice to make about where to register to vote. Students who would like to cast a ballot in Travis County on Election Day must register at their new address by submitting a voter registration application to the Travis County Registrar. The deadline for the November 6 Presidential Election is Tuesday, October 9, 2012. If a student prefers to be registered using a parent's permanent address in another county or state, they must contact that county's current election administrator about registration requirements and the absentee ballot process there, well in advance of the upcoming election. Read our entire "Back to School" voter registration press release.

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August 27, 2012 - VOLUNTEER DEPUTY VOTER REGISTRAR NEWS

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August 9, 2012 - VOTER REGISTRATION NEWS

  • Friday, August 10, 2012 at 10 a.m. Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar Tina Morton will launch a new campaign to register voters for the November 6, 2012 Presidential Election. Morton will be speaking at the ‘Go Vote’ Kickoff being held in the parking lot of the Travis County Tax Office at 5501 Airport Blvd. With just over 600,000 registered voters, Travis County has the highest percentage (77%) among major metropolitan cities in Texas. The deadline to register to vote is October 9, 2012.
  • “Our goal is to reach 650,000 registered voters by the end of September. We are challenging Travis County citizens to register themselves and help two other people register to vote at the same time. By acting now rather than waiting until the deadline, voters will have their certificate well in advance of Election Day,” said Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar, Tina Morton. “Participating in U +2 is as easy as including a link to a voter registration application in a text, tweet, Facebook post or e-mail” Read the entire Tax Office press release about U+2.

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August 8, 2012 - VEHICLE REGISTRATION NEWS

  • "The Texas Classic" license plates are now being issued at Travis County Tax Office!

The Texas Classic includes:

  • Two new, high-visibility security threads join the existing security features embedded in the plate sheeting. Texas is the first state in the country to provide dual security threads, making it easier for law enforcement to spot legitimate plates.
  • Bigger plate numbers. The plate letters and numbers are a full inch wide and just over 2.5 inches tall.
  • A new license plate pattern. The plates are issued with three letters followed by four numbers. By keeping the letters and numbers separate in the alpha-numeric pattern, the seven-character license plate number is easier to remember. This is convenient for plate owners, and also provides better recall for law enforcement and citizen witnesses.
  • Read the entire Tax Office press release about "The Texas Classic".

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August 7, 2012 - GO VOTE ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF FRIDAY, AUGUST 10

  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, in conjunction with the Austin Delta Foundation will kick off its ‘Go Vote’ transit advertising campaign that will benefit Capital Metro’s service area by educating the community on the importance of voting, knowing the issues and being prepared with the proper ID. Buses will be “wrapped” with messages and reminders of the importance of voting and being properly prepared to exercise the right to vote. The bus unveiling will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 10, 2012 at the Travis County Tax Assessor's Office located at 5501 Airport Blvd. The celebration is open to the community, and the hope is that attendees and the community will get energized about voting.
  • The Travis County Tax Assessor’s office will be conducting on-site voter registration and deputizing volunteer registrars during the event. Tina Morton, Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar said, “Our goal is to register 650,000 voters for the November election. We are pleased to host the ‘Go Vote’ event at our office and look forward to answering questions and helping Travis County residents register to vote.”

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July 24, 2012 - VOLUNTEER DEPUTY VOTER REGISTRAR TRAINING NEWS

  • August VDR Training will be conducted on Tuesday, August 7th. Training takes about an hour. Pick from three sessions: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Find out all the details about training.

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July 11, 2012 - VOTER REGISTRATION NEWS

  • Travis County Voter Registration Director, Dolores (Dee) Lopez, was recently awarded two education certification awards at an international event held in New Mexico. Read all about it in our press release.

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June 29th, 2012 - IMPORTANT PROPERTY TAX NEWS!

  • In a Tuesday, July 10, 2012 public hearing, Travis County Commissioners will consider making changes that will impact the tax bills of 43,000 Travis County taxpayers. The proposed changes include capping the historical exemption and passing on the savings to taxpayers who have over-65 or disabled homestead exemptions.
  • "We want the taxpayers of Travis County to understand that changes to exemption amounts will directly impact the tax bills mailed by our office this October," says Tina Morton, Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar. "Taxpayers can get involved now by attending the public hearing and expressing their views about the proposed changes," she said.
  • The public hearing will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10 at 314 W. 11th St., Austin, TX.
  • Citizens can review the June 26, 2012 Commissioners Court discussion regarding changes to exemptions, along with supporting documents, here.

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June 25, 2012 - VOTER REGISTRATION NEWS

  • Become a Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar for Travis County! July training and voter registration community event dates announced! Read the complete press release!

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June 18, 2012 - VOTER REGISTRATION NEWS

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June 6, 2012 - TAXPAYER NEWS

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May 30, 2012 - VOTER REGISTRATION NEWS

  • THE RACE IS ON! The Travis County Voter Registrar announces its goal to register 56,000 new Travis County voters by October 9th, the deadline date for registration in time for the November Presidential Election! You can help! Read all about it in our press release!

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May 25, 2012 - VOTER REGISTRATION NEWS

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May 9, 2012 - VOTER REGISTRATION NEWS

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May 7, 2012 - PROPERTY TAX NEWS

  • Find answers to your property tax and appraisal questions at our May town hall meetings. Click here for details.

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April 26, 2012 - VOTER REGISTRATION NEWS

  • The voter registration deadline for the May 29th General Primary Election is APRIL 30, 2012. Read more about how to verify your current registration status, how to register for the first time and how to make changes to your address in time for the upcoming election by reading the full press release.

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April 25, 2012 - VOTER REGISTRATION NEWS

  • 2012 Voter Registration Certificates have been mailed! Read the complete press release by clicking here.

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April 16, 2012 - MOTOR VEHICLE NEWS

  • New laws have gone into effect regarding the deadline for all vehicle title transfers to be completed. Read the complete press release by clicking here.

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April 11, 2012 - VOTER REGISTRATION NEWS

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April 11, 2012 - PROPERTY TAX NEWS - NEW TAX FACTS!

  • This new episode of Tax Facts features Chief Appraiser Marya Crigler discussing 2012 appraised value notices.

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March 30, 2012 - PROPERTY TAX NEWS

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March 8, 2012 - VOTER REGISTRATION NEWS

  • Travis County Tax Office Voter Registration Division announces estimated mailing date for voter certificates. Click here for details.

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March 5, 2012 - PROPERTY TAX NEWS

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February 27, 2012 - VOTER REGISTRATION NEWS

  • Tax Office voter registration officials report redistricting impact. Click here to read more.

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January 25, 2012 - PROPERTY TAX NEWS

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January 17, 2012 - PROPERTY TAX NEWS

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January 9, 2012 - PROPERTY TAX NEWS - NEW TAX FACTS!

  • This new episode of Tax Facts outlines 2011 Travis County property tax payment options and deadlines to avoid penalty and interest. It also explains additional payment programs for over 65 and disabled homeowners that provide additional savings and convenience.

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January 1, 2012 - BIG NEWS!

  • Travis County Appoints New Tax Assessor-Collector for 2012.

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TAX OFFICE CLOSURE

  • ALL TRAVIS COUNTY TAX OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY 01/02/2012 IN CELEBRATION OF THE NEW YEAR.

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2011 NEWS

December 28, 2011 - PROPERTY TAX NEWS

December 19, 2011 - PROPERTY TAX NEWS

December 13, 2011 - PROPERTY TAX NEWS

December 2, 2011 - PROPERTY TAX NEWS

  • December 2011 Tax Facts - How to Save on Property Taxes!

December 2, 2011 - MOTOR VEHICLE NEWS

  • TxDMV has created this very helpful guide outlining a lot of the commonly misunderstood aspects of disabled plate and placard ownership and use. This guide can be printed up and carried in your glove box or purse for your convenience. Disabled person license plates and placards can be issued by any of the five Travis County Tax Office locations.

November 3, 2011 - GENERAL NEWS

  • On November 8, 2011 Nelda Wells Spears will be honored by the Commissioner's Court for her decades of service to Travis County. Ms. Spears announced her retirement from office earlier this year effective on December 31, 2011. Click here to read the complete press release.

October 18, 2011 - PROPERTY TAX NEWS

  • NEW TAX FACTS - "Online Payment Arrangements"

October 1, 2011 - PROPERTY TAX NEWS

  • NEW TAX FACTS - "Escrowing Property Taxes"

September 30, 2011 - VOTER REGISTRATION NEWS

September 1, 2011 - PROPERTY TAX NEWS

  • Homestead Exemption Applications filed with the Travis Central Appraisal District on or after this date require supporting documentation to prove occupancy/residency. The following documents are now required by state law:
  • 1) a copy of the applicant's driver's license OR state issued personal identification card/certificate AND
  • 2) a copy of the applicant's vehicle registration receipt OR, if the applicant does not own a vehicle, an affidavit to that effect signed by the applicant
  • 3) AND a copy of a utility bill in the applicant's name for the property for which the exemption is sought.
  • If you have questions about these new requirements, please contact the Travis Central Appraisal District directly at (512) 834-9138. The Travis County Tax Office can provide a duplicate registration receipt to any owner of a vehicle who needs one for $2.00. This receipt can be purchased in person, by mail or over the phone. Credit card transactions are subject to a $3.00 vendor fee.

September 1, 2011 - VEHICLE REGISTRATION & TITLING NEWS

  • A number of legislative changes have impacted requirements and fees for vehicle registration and title transfers. Please visit our Main VEHICLES Page for details. You can also find out more about the changes to vehicle registration fees here.

September 2011 - VOTER REGISTRATION NEWS

  • Click here for important information from the Texas Secretary of State about elections procedures and information regarding voter registration in response to recent wildfires that have effected many Texas residents recently.

July 29, 2011 - GENERAL NEWS

  • Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector, Nelda Wells Spears announces her retirement from office. Click here to read the official press release. Ms. Spears has served as Travis County's Tax Assessor-Collector for more than 20 years.

July 2011 - VEHICLE REGISTRATION & TITLING NEWS

  • Tax Facts - TxDMV Free E-Reminder and Title Check Services

July 2011 - VEHICLE REGISTRATION & TITLING NEWS

May 3, 2011 - VOTER REGISTRATION NEWS

  • Today's Volunteer Deputy Registrar training will be held at the Tax Office (instead of across the hall in the Elections Training Room) at the regular times of 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.. Just come on by, let our information booth attendant know that you're here for VDR training, and we'll be happy to get you where you need to go. Come on by! We can't wait to see you!

April 5, 2011 - PROPERTY TAX NEWS

  • Public input for the proposal to change the Historical Exemption Policy is welcome at the Commissioner's Court Work Session on April 14, 2011 at 1:30p.m. in the Travis County Commissioner's Courtroom. View the Tax Policy document here.

March 25, 2011 - PROPERTY TAX NEWS

February 18, 2011 - PROPERTY TAX NEWS

February 16, 2011 - VOTER REGISTRATION NEWS

  • Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar group training is held on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 5501 Airport Blvd. / Austin, TX 78751 in the Elections Training Room at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

January 27th, 2011 - PROPERTY TAX NEWS

January 21, 2011 - VOTER REGISTRATION NEWS

January 20, 2011 - PROPERTY TAX NEWS

New for 2011 - VEHICLE REGISTRATION & TITLING NEWS

  • Click here for information about new "T" 7-digit license plates.

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2010 NEWS

September 21, 2010 - VOTER REGISTRATION NEWS

2010 - VOTER REGISTRATION NEWS

  • Voter Registrar expands to 100+ substations. These are businesses, government offices and hospitals that display voter registration applications.

New for 2010 - VEHICLE REGISTRATION & TITLING NEWS

  • GETTING TICKETS FROM TEXAS TOLLTAG FOR A VEHICLE YOU NO LONGER OWN? Report vehicle sales when you cannot transfer the title in person with seller. Use this form and send to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

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