Inventory of county records, Ector County courthouse Page: 6
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The county treasurer is to be elected for a four-year term,
and is to account for county finances, receiving and disbursing
funds of the county [Constitution, Art. XVI, Sec. 44; Revised
Civil Statutes of Texas, 1925, 493]. These have essentially been
the functions of the office since it was created by the Republic
as an appointive position in 1840 [Gammel, II, 200]. It became
elective in 1850 and has remained so until the present.
The tax assessor-collector is elected in each county to a
four-year term. As assessor of taxes in the county, he has the
responsibility of making a list of taxable property and assessing
the value of it. As collector, he receives and collects all taxes
assessed in the county [Constitution, Art. VIII, Sec. 14].
During the Republic period a tax assessor was appointed for
each county and the sheriff served as collector [Gammel, I, 1319,
1246]. The two offices were combined in 1846 in an elective position
which required the assessor-collector, in addition to assessing
and collecting taxes on real and personal property, to draw up
a list of delinquent taxpayers [Gammel, III, 202].
The Constitution of 1876 originally provided for the election
of a tax assessor for each county and for a tax collector in counties
with a population of over 10,000, with the sheriff serving as
collector in the smaller counties. In 1932, this provision was
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Trigg, Carolyn. Inventory of county records, Ector County courthouse, book, 1973; Austin, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth25244/m1/13/: accessed September 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .