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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
June 1, 2009

New Director to Oversee State Comptroller's Property Tax Assistance Division

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs today named Deborah Cartwright the new director of the Property Tax Assistance Division (PTAD). Cartwright will oversee ongoing changes in the way the state monitors local property taxes, helps local governments comply with property tax laws and informs property owners about the tax process.

“Deborah shares my commitment to make property taxes more transparent for the hardworking Texans who pay the tax and the local governments that appraise property and set tax rates,” Combs said.  

Cartwright is an attorney whose background includes working with the Legislature, the Bexar Appraisal District and the Comptroller’s office from 2002–06.  She returned to the Comptroller’s office as assistant director of the Property Tax Assistance Division in January 2009. Cartwright earned a bachelor’s degree from Howard Payne College in Brownwood, a master’s degree from the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs and a law degree from the University of Houston.

Cartwright replaces Property Tax Assistance Division Director Art Cory.  Cory was the longtime chief appraiser for the Travis County Appraisal District. He came out of retirement to help the Comptroller implement changes in PTAD operations, launch new local outreach efforts and push for legislative changes in the property tax system.

“Art’s experience and expertise in local property tax issues have been invaluable,” Combs said.  “I am very grateful that he agreed to work with us.”

A photo of Deborah Cartwright is available by request. Call (512) 463-4070.

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