Create ‘Taxpayer Advocate’ Office

Conservative Republican candidate for Texas Comptroller Harvey Hilderbran today released the ninth item on his Performance Pledge to the voters: the creation of a “Taxpayer Advocate” office, to help ensure that under Hilderbran the Comptroller’s office performs better than ever before.

Hilderbran will also look for regular feedback from the Taxpayer Advisory Council, which currently exists to provide direct insight into how the Comptroller’s is affecting taxpayers.  In a break from recent years, Hilderbran plans to personally attend these meetings to make sure he receives positive and negative feedback directly.

“I am pledging to work to make the Comptroller’s office the most efficient and accountable in state history,” said Hilderbran.  “For every Texas business owner, time is money.  The Comptroller needs a central point person that can help Texas taxpayers when they have a question or an issue, so they can get it answered quickly and make the best decision for their business and their employees.”

The taxpayer advocate office will allow any Texas citizen who feels either they are not being treated fairly by either the Comptroller’s Office or any local property tax office the opportunity to contact the Texas Taxpayer Advocate.  This office will offer a team of fiscal experts trained to help them navigate the bureaucracy or investigate their issue, to ensure that every taxpayer gets a fair shake.  The office will include an ethics officer and an investigative team, which will play an important role in the investigation of any public office holder at the state or county level who is alleged to have violated the public trust in the handling of public funds.

Hilderbran plans to use existing funds to create this office, which ensure that the office’s 2,700 employees (which disburse over $200 billion every two years) receive regular ethics, accounting and management training.

“We will demand the highest possible ethical conduct when I am Comptroller, as Texans need to have complete confidence in this office in the handling and stewardship of public funds and taxpayer accounts,” said Hilderbran.

Hilderbran is the House Ways and Means chairman and a State Representative from Kerrville.

More information about Harvey’s Performance Pledge to the voters, including his pledge to improve revenue estimates, and his comprehensive Texas Taxpayers Bill of Rights may be found online at: http://www.HarveyForTexas.com.