Lippincott proposes providing both Kiosks and web-based self-service models

Larry Lippincott

Candidate for Tax Assessor-Collector

PO BOX 3086*Weatherford, Texas 76086

Cell 817-308-1398 Email: lippincott3@juno.com

 

May 5, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The Candidate forums recently held at the court house and Spring Baptist Church, both were well managed events. Many thanks to all involved in organizing and managing the candidate forums.

My plan includes saving Taxpayer Dollars and managing the future growth of Parker County. Providing Vehicle Registration services is very labor intensive government service. The Tax Assessor collects and accounts for over 30 million dollars annually. Those tax dollars directly affect the Parker County’s road and bridge fund and the county property tax rate.  During my time in office, we processed over 500 transactions per day. Planning needs to begin now on how the Tax Office will handle tremendous future growth. There are only two ways to manage growth in the number vehicle transactions processed.

The two ways to provide for future growth are, hire additional personnel or, finding   innovative and cost effective Technology Solutions.  I am not in favor of replacing current personnel with machines, rather, adding kiosks to handle future growth. My opponent’s only plan is to increase staff, which increases headcount of government employees, which also increases salaries, and health insurance and retirement benefits and multiplies cost to taxpayers tremendously.

Providing both Kiosks and web-based self-service models, at several locations, provide virtually unlimited growth with a flat predictable fee as opposed to staff delivery at a much higher rate. Kiosks for Vehicle Registration renewals applications provide another convenient delivery venue for customers with simple renewal processing and have already been successfully deployed in other states, such as Nevada, New Mexico, Maryland, Washington and Utah. These service Kiosks are installed at no cost to tax payers and are provided for by low cost transaction fees. For example, Kiosks have been installed at various airports to provide airline travelers another convenient method of purchasing a ticket.

My opponent recently stated at the court house candidate forum “service kiosks are NOT happening”. Interesting to note, she also stated in the 2000 campaign that “Internet Vehicle Renewals were NOT happening.”  When elected in 2001, I successfully implemented Internet Vehicle Renewals.

I am the only lifelong conservative pro life Republican in this race and I have always had the heart of a public servant. I respectfully ask for your vote and support in the Republican Primary On May 29th.

10 responses

  1. frank Williford

    Larry,
    You say the kiosks will be installed at no cost to the taxpayer. I believe you should make clear how they will be paid for. User fees? Other means? Someone has to oversee the maintenamce and care of the kiosks as well as processing and handle the order when received. How will that be done if current staff is already fully loaded. You can best make your case by giving more detail to the taxpayers of the county. Obviously adding more staff is apparently not a factor since you say your opponent proposes that solution to accommodate more growth in service needs.
    I think I favor the solution you propose, but I would like to have a little more detail in support of it.

  2. I believe Mrs. said about the kiosks that she had been told that it would not be happening. Mr. Lippingcot cannot overrule the county court and it’s decisions whom surely have the last say about expensive budget items and new programs inthe various departments. Mrs. King is the one who should be re-elected her PROVEN PERFORMANCE SPEAKS FOR IT’S SELF. Mr. Lippingcots record and troubles in office during his tenure there speak for themselves to his unsuitablity to be elected to that position.

  3. My appoligies to Mrs. King for typoing her name in my previous blog. Finger flying to close to the keyboard. Thank you

  4. Senator-Blutarksy

    The ” property tax ” system in Texas needs to be eliminated. As it is, all “homeowners” are just tenant-serfs, who never truly ” own ” their property.

    Click to access Eliminating-Property-Tax-in-Texas-A-Detailed-Fiscal-Analysis-11-11-10.pdf

  5. These are big ideas, and maybe this could be done. But someone will pay for the kiosk and internet programing and maintenance contracts associated with this effort. I would rather see parker county residents benefit from any expenditure that is required to increase output at the office.

    Now back to the property tax thing, it has been a long road to payoff of property ( no complaints) but the tax is now more than the house payment was and will continue for the rest of the existence of this property, whether the owner is my wife, kids, or someone else. Yes we need a place to live, but there comes a time when on a fixed income the increases have out stripped the ability to pay. If the O is reelected get ready for the inflation factor that we saw under Carter loaf of bread from .25 to a dollar in the blink of an eye. think about from 2.00 to 5.00 in a blink of an eye. I really am not a synical guy but enough is enough. What else is available to level the load on the property tax load. If we got rid of it where could we replace the income in a fairer responsible way ?????

  6. Frank,
    Thank you for your comments. First, I would like to send you the link. I think the link may answer many of your questions. Installing Kiosks provide virtually unlimited growth with a flat predictable user fee. Kiosks for Vehicle Registration renewals applications provide another convenient delivery venue for customers with simple renewal processing and have already been successfully deployed in other states. These service Kiosks are installed at no cost to tax payers and are provided for by low cost user transaction fees. For example, Kiosks have been installed at various airports to provide airline travelers another convenient method of purchasing a ticket.
    As a conservative republican, I believe in limited government and saving taxpayer dollars. With the growth of Parker County the tax office there will be increased demand for service. Approximately 90% of the tax office budget is salaries, health insurance and retirement. Adding additional staff may be necessary to due to future demand and growth, but adding kiosks to handle renewals is an option to limit growth and control cost.
    I believe the installation of kiosks, any associated maintenance contracts is sufficiently more cost effective than adding additional personnel.
    The link is:
    http://www.arinc.com/products/kiosks/selfserv_mva.html
    Thanks,
    Larry Lippincott
    Candidate for Tax Assessor Collector

    1. Frank Williford

      Thanks Larry, my questions have now been answered to my satisfaction. I would like to see the county move forward in this direction.

  7. Lippincott is not a good choice for Tax Assessor Collector. All that is needed to prove that is a good hard look at his time in the office and that will tell you he is not the person for that position at all. The list of reasons is a long one and everyone who has had anything to do with that office since he was removed from it will tell you that they really enjoy doing business there now. Mrs. King was sought after and asked to PLEASE return to that office and has the support of her staff and everyone who supported her return. Please join us and support Marjorie King and keep her services for the benefit of the whole county.

    1. I disagree. I believe King is not a good choice. There are only a few of you who are Ms. kings personal friends who agree with you. People are ready for a change. People are tired paying
      Retirement pay and a county salary to the same official for the same office. She needs to retire ( again).

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