Because of the wide range of responsibilities performed by the assessor-collector, most citizens deal with this county official more frequently than any other office.
The major tax duty of the assessor-collector, who collects property taxes, is the assessment (calculation) of taxes on each property in the county and collection of that tax as established by the Constitution and the State Property Tax Code. In addition, as an agent of the Texas Department of Transportation, the assessor-collector is responsible for the registration and licensing of motor vehicles owned by residents of the county.
Another duty of the county tax assessor-collector is that of voter registrar. In most Texas counties, a person would register to vote through the office of county tax assessor-collector. In a few counties, the commissioners court has designated the county clerk or an elections administrator to provide this function. The county tax office voter registration responsibilities include accepting applications for voter registration, issuing voter certificates, maintaining voter registration lists, verifying petitions for local option elections and submitting required reports to the Secretary of State's Office.
The county tax assessor-collector is also responsible for the collections of special fees imposed by the county and state on coin-operated vending machines, alcoholic beverage permits and registration and titling boats.
The Honorable Tonya Ratcliff
Tonya Ratcliff was born and raised in Ponca City, Oklahoma. She received her B.A. from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and her Master of Science Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University.
After working several years as a Juvenile Intake, Probation and Parole Officer for the State of Oklahoma, Tonya joined the Navy as an Officer. She served in the Navy for 25 years and retired at the rank of Captain / Grade 06.
Tonya and her husband Tim moved to Kaufman County following her retirement from the Navy in August 2003. They presently live in Combine, where Tonya was serving as Mayor. She resigned her position as Mayor to become the Kaufman County Tax Assessor-Collector. Tim is the owner/operator of PRINTSERV, a printing and promotional products company in Combine.
The Ratcliffs attend church at First Baptist Dallas. They have three children and six grandchildren, and all but one daughter live in the greater Dallas area.
Tonya Ratcliff is committed to providing quality customer service to the citizens of Kaufman County at the Annex and all the Sub-Courthouses.