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Candidate Profile: Matt Crowder - The Galveston County Daily News : Politics

August 28, 2014

Candidate Profile: Matt Crowder

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Posted: Friday, October 24, 2008 12:00 am

Part 1

Are you a legal resident of the district you’re seeking to represent?

Yes.

Have you ever been convicted of a crime?

No.

Have you ever sued a public entity or been sued by one?

No.

Do you have any unpaid property taxes?

No.

Do you have any unpaid parking tickets?

No.

Do you have any other debts to a public entity?

No.

If elected will you work at the job full time?

Yes.

Will you continue to own or operate an outside business while holding this full-time public office?

It is possible.

Will you have your home phone number listed in the phone book?

No. But my cell phone is available anytime at 409-682-1381.

Will you keep regular office hours?

Yes.

Part 2

Q. Why should voters choose you? What are your specific qualifications for the position?

A. I am a lifelong Galveston County resident with a family history of hard work in community service. As a public servant you must work for and represent every part of our community. I have experience in public service and dedicate my career to management as the treasurer of the nonprofit Hospice Care Team former chairman of Galveston County Drainage District #2 President of Crowder Holdings and manager of Crowder Funeral Homes in Webster.

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Q. What are the issues in this campaign? What is your platform on those issues?

A. I believe that my experience and management skills will improve the quality of service in the tax office. First we must reduce the employee turnover rate. With a secure and productive staff we can begin focusing on service issues. We must get the tax statements and voter’s registration cards out on time. When tax statements are mailed out late taxing entities lose revenue costing taxpayers money. Tax refund checks should be issued in a timely manner. Deposits should be made and tax payments should be processed on a regular basis. All operating accounts in the tax office should be reconciled regularly. It is unacceptable to have unprocessed payments taxpayer money un-deposited holding taxpayer’s money or not reconciling accounts for more than 150 days. Finally if the tax office would stay out of local politics we could begin addressing and rectifying these issues.

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Q. If you promise to control or reduce taxes tell us how and be specific. For example how do you propose offsetting the inflation in government operating costs you cannot control (insurance utilities fuel costs etc.) by cutting costs you can control?

A. I want to be very clear that there is no tax cut in the tax office. The tax collector cannot has not nor will not cut your taxes. I feel that suggesting to the voters that you can offer tax relief portrays a sense of uncertainty and projects a negative public image.

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Q. What government programs or personnel can be cut to reduce the increasing cost of government? Be specific.

A. I would be against any further reduction of personnel. As any good manager knows there is a fine line between an efficient office and being under staffed. The tax office is a service department. As the county continues to grow so shall the services offered by the tax office. To offer a good service would depend on retaining good personnel. We must secure and obtain a stable work environment. This will also reduce unnecessary spending of training new employees.

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Q. What specific actions would you take to make the office you seek more accessible to county residents and work efficiently with tax moneys?

A. If the potential exists for a citizen to have questions about their appraised value while in the tax office I suggest we approach the Central Appraisal District for a representative to be available in the tax office. This would allow the taxpayer to deal or to negotiate directly with the source. A CAD representative available in the tax office would save time and offer a valuable service to our citizens.

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Q. Tell us a about yourself. How old are you? What is your occupation? What is your highest level of education?

A. I am 33 years old. The two most important things in my life are my wife Tarah and my son Luke. I am a funeral director at Crowder Funeral Home in Webster with an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Funeral Service. I am very proud to say that I am a third generation at work and in public service. I also enjoy the outdoors with fishing hunting and golfing.