April 11, 2016

Media Contact: Jessica Holloway
Office: 713-274-8003

Getting Tough on Delinquent Property Taxpayers

Mike Sullivan Serves Notice to Local Business

Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan is getting tough on delinquent property taxpayers.

Sullivan, joined by Precinct 2 Constable Christopher Diaz and the county's delinquent tax attorneys, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, served notice today on Monroy Lemus Corporation.

"I shouldn't have to show up at their doorstep, with a tax bill in hand, to collect their delinquent tax obligations," said Sullivan, "If I have to make a personal visit, they will have the choice to pay in full, or we will seize their property to satisfy the obligation."

Monroy Lemus Corporation owes close to $20,000 in delinquent taxes for tax year 2014. If the property owner does not pay the full amount today, property will be seized to fulfill the tax obligation. Types of items seized can be trailers, office equipment, vehicles and even furniture.

“Our deputies are here to do our due diligence to serve the warrant plus oversee the possible property seizure,” said Precinct 2 Constable Christopher Diaz. “Our role in this process is to ensure the law is being followed and to provide assistance to Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan.”

"We give every taxpayer the opportunity to get their taxes paid on time. We offer support, reminders and payment plans. After we exhaust our resources, we have to get tough. I'm going to recover every dollar possible, to protect the integrity of the tax rolls," said Sullivan.

The Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector's Office Property Tax Division maintains approximately 1.5 million tax accounts and collects property taxes for 71 taxing entities including Harris County. For the 2014 tax year, the Tax Assessor-Collector's office collected more than $5 billion in property taxes.