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July 7th, 2009
Caraway wins TACA honor

STAFF REPORT

Hays County Tax Assessor-Collector Luanne Caraway was honored recently with the Distinguished Service Award at the Tax Assessor-Collector Association (TACA) of Texas annual meeting.

The award is said to be for Caraway’s assistance to the tax assessing and collecting profession and the community she serves.

“My nominating Luanne for this award was a ‘no-brainer’ as they say,” said Marion A. (Bid) Smith, Polk County Tax Assessor-Collector. “She is a tireless worker in our association with her committee involvement and helpfulness toward volunteering for assignments at our conferences. This do-your-best attitude carries over to her staff at Hays County, resulting in better service to the citizens. She accomplishes this by keeping up with law changes, technological changes and management techniques.”

A recipient of the TACA President’s Award in 1998 and 2004-5 president of TACA, Caraway has been an active member of several TACA committees, including jurisprudence, regional coordinator, program, historical, by-laws, education and membership.

Caraway also is involved in the Texas Association of Appraisal Districts, Texas Association of Counties and several area Chambers of Commerce.

“In my 24 years of tax experience, 15 as tax assessor-collector, I’ve learned a lot from serving on committees and being an active part of professional associations like TACA,” Caraway said. “We face many challenges, such as legislative changes to the property tax code, as well as changes to the motor vehicle title and registration laws that we work together to solve.”

In bestowing the award, TACA looks at a nominee’s overall contributions to both the tax profession and community service.

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