A Cedar Park small business owner has announced he is running for Williamson County Tax Assessor/Collector.
Ralph Pruyn, a Republican, announced his candidacy for the office on Jan. 10. The position is currently held by Deborah Hunt.
Pruyn said he is running to become the county’s tax assessor/collector to give taxpayers a choice for lower taxes and greater involvement in Williamson County’s budget and spending priorities.
“Currently, the county departments create their wish lists and request money from the Commissioner’s Court,” Pruyn said. “A budget is approved and the taxes needed are then levied upon the homeowners. (I) believe it’s time the taxpayer told the county how much money it can spend instead of the other way around.”
He said the growth of the county — the population grew from 250,000 in 2000 to 422,000 in 2010 — meant that the county’s growth and the resulting growth in the county’s spending and debt means Williamson County needs to find ways to lower taxes.
If he wins, Pruyn said he would immediately propose applying the homeowner’s exemption to the county’s tax rate, as well as initiate online petitions and issue polling to allow the taxpayers more of a say in government.
Pruyn holds an MBA in financial planning and a second master’s degree in operations management, both from the University of Dallas. He has broad experience as a small business owner and from his 20 years of corporate experience with Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth.
He has a wife, Michelle, and a son, Grant.