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Bell County Tax Assessor-Collector History

Tax Assessor-Collectors
   
A constitutional amendment in 1932 combined the office of assessor and collector to become the present office.   Article VIII, Section 14 of the Texas Constitution states that "the qualified voters of each county shall elect an assessor-collector of taxes for the county and this person will hold office for four years."  The first Tax Assessor-Collector elected in Bell County took office in 1935.
   
2017 - Shay Luedeke
2001 - 2016 Sharon Long
1995 - 2000 Janelle Burson
1987 - 1995 Betty Willingham
1975 - 1987 Tolly K. Moore
1949 - 1974 Leland T. Duke
1945 - 1948 E. M. Brown
1937 - 1944 Buster Brown
1935 - 1936 A.E. Warren
   
Under the Texas Constitution of 1836, the sheriff acted as tax collector while the governing body of the county employed a separate assessor.  Numerous subsequent changes modified the duties and structure of the office.  Some of these changes instructed other county offices to become the tax assessor and/or collector.  From 1850 to 1934 Bell County had both a Tax Assessor and a Tax Collector.
   
Tax Assessors Tax Collectors
1933 - 1934 E.L. Waters 1929 - 1934 A.E. Warren
1931 - 1933 E.F. Lanham, Jr. 1925 - 1928 M.L. Thornton
1919 - 1930 W.A. Gilmer
1920 - 1924 Roy Sanderford
1915 - 1918 E.L Waters 1915 - 1919 Jake D.Nelson
1909 - 1914 A.G. Vick 1907 - 1914 N.A. Ensor
1905 - 1908 J.A. Bangle
1904 - 1906 F.N. Goff
1901 - 1904 S.M. Meeks 1903 - 1903 R.L. Gully
1901 - 1902 S.M. Meeks
1897 - 1900 John A. Hally 1899 - 1901 R.L. Gully
1893 - 1896 L.A. Bigham 1895 - 1898 James A. Wilkerson
1891 - 1892 H.D. Patterson 1885 - 1894 R.L.Gully
1884 - 1891 R.A. Hamilton
1884 - 1884 M.J. Bowman 1880 - 1884 W.E. Hall
1879 - 1884 J.H. Weathershee
1877 - 1879 R.H.Taylor 1877 - 1879 W.G.W. Stone
1852 - 1877 John C. Caddell 1872 - 1876 W.S. Rather
1870 - 1872 W.J. Long
1868 - 1870 John N. Damron
1867 - 1868 James T. Austin
1865 - 1866 John N. Damron
1865 - 1865 George White
1862 - 1864 Robert Miller
1862 - 1862 R.S. Willingham
1862 - 1862 Robert Miller
1856 - 1862 M.W. Damron
1853 - 1856 G.D. Richards
1850 - 1852 Wm Hill 1850 - 1852 J.C. Caddell