Tax Assessor - Collector Duties
The Texas Constitution, Article 8, Section 14 - "There shall be elected by the qualified voters of each county, an Assessor and Collector of Taxes, who shall hold office for four years...." Shay A. Luedeke is the Bell County Tax Assessor. The Tax Assessor-Collector is elected countywide by voters for a four year term and has specific duties outlined in the Texas Constitution and by statutes passed through Legislative action:
The statutory responsibilities of the Tax Assessor-Collector include the assessment of property and collection of ad valorem taxes for the county, as well as contracting with other entities to collect their jurisdictions' taxes. In Bell County, these duties are contracted to the Tax Appraisal District. The office also serves as an agent for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles and is responsible for registration and titling of all vehicles in the county, collection of the state tax on all automobiles sold, and issuance of beer and liquor renewal permits. The Tax Assessor-Collector's main office is located at 550 E. 2nd Avenue in Belton with satellite offices in Temple, Killeen, and Fort Hood. Mailing address is P.O. Box 669, Belton, Texas 76513.