Meaux seeks Tax Assessor Collector seat

Published 8:52 am Wednesday, January 6, 2016

I’m Debbie (Dubois) Meaux and I want to be your next Tax Assessor Collector. With 21 years of experience in the Tax Office, dedication to Orange County and commitment to our community, I want to make a difference in our County. I embrace the opportunity to serve all of you.

I have worked in every department of the Tax Office and have had the opportunity to work with the 16 ladies in Orange Office and the 3 in the Vidor Office. I enjoy the challenge of learning new areas of the office and pride myself on the knowledge I gain each time I am given new opportunities to expand my horizons.

Ten years ago I started assisting our current Tax Assessor, Lynda Gunstream, in calculating Effective Tax Rates for Orange County. I am the only candidate that has in depth experience calculating these rates. It was after firsthand experience in working with this process, and not on a whim, that I decided I wanted to be the next Tax Assessor Collector.

With this realization, I knew I would need to further my education. In 2011, I achieved my Professional Collectors Certification and since then, I’ve also obtained a New Tax Assessors Orientation Certificate which gave me further insight into the life of a Tax Assessor. I am proud to be the only candidate with either of these certifications.

Currently, as the Reporting Clerk, I work one on one with county offices, banks and customers. Some of my duties are reporting weekly, monthly and yearly to the taxing entities, and daily balancing of all tax reports within our office. It is my responsibility to ensure that the money collected from property owners are distributed to the taxing entities within the county. The reports I use on a daily basis are necessary for a Tax Assessor Collector to understand. I am also able to aid employees in problem solving aspects that pertain to both offices.

My first sense of community involvement started with my parents Harvey & Lola Dubois who were the first to teach me to give and give back to my community. I was born the second of five children and raised in Orange.

I attended St. Mary School and am a 1983 graduate of West Orange-Stark. My husband James and I have been married for 29 years, and aside from James’s four year enlistment in the U.S. Navy, we have lived, shopped, worshiped & worked right here in Orange County. Our daughter Brittany and her husband Chris Lee are both educators in Orange County, and we have two wonderful grandchildren Lila and Reid.

I am a founding member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, where I am active in several ministries including the ACTS community. For the past 8 years I have supported Orange County Relay for Life, my commitment includes being a team member, team captain and Committee chair for Survivors.

If elected Tax Assessor Collector, I want to I want to continue to expand the lines of communication between the public and the office. I want to offer different ways for the community to receive information about what the Tax Office can do for them, and I’d like to continue the education of our clerks to improve upon the excellent customer service already in place. It would be great to see our office become more involved in community events in our county. The Tax Office can be a face for Orange County.

Please vote to elect Republican Debbie (Dubois) Meaux as your next Tax Assessor Collector. I am asking for your support and your vote. I can’t wait to make a difference in Orange County. #votemeaux

You can reach me on Facebook at Debbie Dubois Meaux, PCC or email