Paul Christenson announces run for tax assessor/collector

Daily Light Report

Paul Christenson announced Monday that he is running for Ellis County tax assessor/collector in the March 1 Republican Primary election. 

Christenson is a Conservative Republican, according to a news release. He and his wife live in Waxahachie.

As a certified public accountant with a Master of Business Administration degree, Christenson says that he is running for the Ellis County tax assessor/collector because Ellis County residents want and deserve good government. 

Paul Christenson

According to recent news articles in the Midlothian Mirror (Nov. 8, 2021) and the Focus Daily News (June 15, 2021), an audit of the Ellis County Tax Office resulted in allegations and indictments for longstanding money misappropriation. The audit revealed lax accounting, a lack of staff training and defined processes, a lack of internal controls over money and a distinct lack of oversight.

“The Ellis County Tax Office is responsible for collecting property taxes and distributing the monies to governments and ISDs in Ellis County,” Christenson said. “The longstanding and ongoing failures have resulted in many of the taxing authorities in Ellis County not receiving all of the funds due the citizens, and have adversely affected the ability of our ISDs, cities and towns, and Ellis County to hold taxes in line and provide all needed services to the people that they serve.  

“We deserve a qualified tax assessor/collector to make sure that our money is safeguarded and distributed correctly,” he said.

Christenson brings over 25 years of experience in helping private companies, non-profit organizations, schools and county governments in a leadership role to improve performance as well as to implement information systems and processes to improve services, the release stated. 

Over the last 15 years, Christenson has worked with numerous hospitals and health care systems in a leadership role to create and implement solutions to improve health care delivery, create new services, improve information systems, manage finances, and operate efficiently. Christenson has also helped three county governments to do the same.

Christenson also created a public school program to implement early and periodic screening, diagnosis and treatment services to improve health care outcomes and educational opportunities for special education students. 

The program was so successful that it was implemented on a state-wide basis in Illinois, Michigan and Texas. 

“What a great opportunity to use my varied leadership and management experiences to rebuild trust in the Ellis County Tax Assessor/Collector’s Office,” he said.   

Christenson said, “I commit to the people of Ellis County that I will use my many years of leadership, workforce development, and operations management experience to create and diligently monitor a reputable tax office focused on customer service.

“I ask for your vote in the March 1 Republican Primary election.  Ellis County citizens deserve nothing less.”