Tarrant County's Process Improvement Project in Tax Assessor-Collector Betsy Price's office is one of 24 county programs around the state to be honored this week by the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) Leadership Foundation during TAC's annual conference in Austin.

The programs were selected to receive high honors for innovation, achievement and delivery of service in the 2008 County Best Practice Awards, which recognize county initiatives that serve as a model to others and save taxpayer monies.

"People in counties across Texas are coming up with such creative solutions," said TAC Leadership Foundation Chairwoman Carol Autry. "Counties have so few streams of revenue, and every good idea that can be shared is terribly important."

Tarrant County's program is being honored for Superior Innovation in Technology.

Each year, the Tarrant County Tax Office collects a little more than $3 billion. With 1.5 million customers, eight different locations, 60 taxing partners and two huge databases, the tax office must work efficiently or get lost of in the mire of "business as usual."

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