Grayson County Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Stidham has announced plans to seek a second term in the upcoming March Republican Primary.

Grayson County Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Stidham has announced plans to seek a second term in the upcoming March Republican Primary.


"It has been a privilege and an honor to have served the citizens of Grayson County as tax assessor-collector over the past three years," Stidham said.


"It was my goal when I took office in January 2013, to increase services without increasing costs and to help make our county government more responsive to the needs of the taxpayers," he added. "I think we’ve made substantial progress towards achieving that goal. We have increased our tax collection rate, including delinquent accounts, streamlined operations and introduced new technology which helps to reduce our overall costs."


He said that since taking office several changes had been made, in both the tax and motor vehicle offices, that have improved service to the public. Changes include extending hours in the Sherman office, providing remote vehicle registration renewals (window stickers) at Kroger stores in Sherman and Denison and at the end of January, making it easier for people to pay their property taxes by providing a drive-thru tax drop off instead of them having to wait in long lines.


"I’m also very proud to be working with my staff of 23 employees who bring their professionalism and dedication to providing excellent customer service to work with them every day."


The Grayson County Tax Assessor-Collector is a constitutional office mandated by the Texas constitution, elected by and directly responsible to the people.


"Because of the wide range of responsibilities performed by the tax assessor-collector," he continued, "Grayson County citizens deal with our office more frequently than any other."


Stidham added that his office not only collects property taxes for 30 taxing entities, but also serves as agents for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. This past year, all four of the motor vehicle offices in Sherman, Denison, Whitesboro and Van Alstyne, did a combined total of more than 180,000 transactions, which included automobile registrations and renewals, new car titles and transfers, in addition to working with Texas Parks and Wildlife to register and title boats.


A resident of Grayson County for over 30 years, he and his wife, Karen, have two grown sons, Matthew and David, and daughters-in-law, Jennifer and Amanda, plus granddaughters, Emma and Harper. They attend the Western Heights Church of Christ where he teaches 5th grade Sunday School.


Stidham first sought the office in 2011