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Sullivan tells a taxing tale

Mike Sullivan, Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector

Mike Sullivan, Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector

Mike Sullivan is the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector. As such, he administers a number of functions that involve the public.

Sullivan was the speaker last Tuesday at the Rotary Club of Highlands, and talked about his career, and the workings of his office.

The functions he is involved in include collecting taxes, such as the property tax you must pay every Jan. 31st if you own real property, the inspection sticker fee for an auto inspection (known as ONE STICKER) or trailer, or boat, providing jurors for jury duty, registering autos and administering their titles, and voter registration roles.

Sullivan explained that he is an “east side guy,” having grown up in Channelview and helped with the family paint business.

Later because of his interest in serving the public, and community involvement, he served in a number of public offices, including Humble school board, Houston city councilman serving the North Channel/Ellington/NASA area, and finally Tax A-C. His goals are to improve the service to the public of his office, and rebuild the voter registration office with a more diverse staff. He also wants to use technology and social media to find new ways to conduct his office.

He is currently conducting a series of workshops to teach taxpayers how to reduce their appraisals, and therefore their taxes.

With his wife Kim, they also run a full-service real estate firm in Kingwood.