Conner New Dayton Tax Assessor
A surprise at the Dayton City Council meeting Monday, when council voted 2 to 1 to appoint Alan D. Conner as the city’s tax assessor. We have reported the veteran Chief Appraiser for the Liberty County Central Appraisal District recently retired from that post. Mr. Conner remained on the job as Dayton Municipal Judge and his appointment as Dayton Tax Assessor will not result in any additional salary. Dayton City Manager David Douglas said the only cost to the city for Mr. Conner’s extra duties is the $1,200 annually required to maintain his tax assessor certification. Dayton Mayor Jeff Lambright stressed Alan D. Conner will be acting as Dayton’s property tax assessor only. The city’s property taxes will continue to be collected by the office of Liberty County Tax Assessor/Collector Ricky Brown. We have reported that most- but not all-Liberty County taxing entities use the County Tax Office to assess and collect their property taxes. Again, the Liberty County Tax Office will continue to collect Dayton’s property taxes but Mayor Jeff Lambright said they felt it would be more efficient to doe the tax assessment portion of the process in-house. Dayton Council Members John Johnson and Josh Townsend voted for the appointment while Council Member Sherial Lawson voted against it. Mrs. Lawson made it clear she did not see the need for the change. Troy Barton was absent from Monday’s Dayton City Council meeting as was Dwight Pruitt who had a previous obligation.