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Wilco Forward Small Business Grant Program partnered with MVBA

Proud to partner with Wilco Forward Small Business Grant Program

Helping small businesses in Williamson County recover from the pandemic

On March 16, 2021, the Williamson County Commissioners’ voted unanimously to approve a Grant Administration Services Agreement to allow mvba to help the County administer the second phase of their Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act aid. Specifically, mvba will process and review all applications as they are received to make sure that they are complete in their information and documentation. They will determine eligibility and grant amount for each application. mvba will provide this info to the Williamson County Treasurer and Williamson County Auditor for final review, decision, processing and distribution of grants.

Second round of aid for essential food services in North Austin suburbs

Williamson County will disburse $10 million to food service, bar, and hotel/motel businesses who qualify and apply for funds by April 16, 2021, at https://www.wilco.org/forward. Eligible businesses include not just brick-and-mortar restaurants, but also food trucks, caterers, and bed and breakfasts. These businesses stand to receive grant money up to $500 per employee, capped at $10,000 per business. Businesses selling gasoline or diesel will not qualify.

Over $34 million already granted to thousands of businesses in Wilco Forward

In their first round of aid earlier in the pandemic, the County’s Wilco Forward program to disburse federal aid helped over 3,600 local businesses with grants. According to Claire Osborn at the Austin American-Statesman, this second round of money “comes from funds left over from the $93 million the county received in the CARES Act in April [of 2020].”

mvba’s deep client service benefits Texas communities

“We’re proud to partner with Williamson County always, and especially in these very trying times. They have been a premier client of the firm since 1994. Not to mention, we’re based in Williamson County and have been since 2007.” says Bryant Smith, Executive Director of mvba from the Round Rock office. “This is typical of the level of service we extend to all of our clients across Texas. We were glad when they asked us to roll up our sleeves and pitch in. We try to go above and beyond expectations in all of our interactions; that’s why our tagline is Going Further.”

Henderson County Collections High

Original article published on Athens Daily Review – June 27, 2017

Henderson County has collected more than 100 percent of the amount levied during the past year, according to an official with the company that pursues delinquent taxes for the county.

Elizabeth Vaughn of McCreary, Veselka, Bragg & Allen, P.C. of Round Rock, told Commissioners Court on Tuesday that the total revenue for 2015 taxes was 100.72 percent of the amount levied. For each of the past four years, that figure has exceeded 100 percent.

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Burnet County Enters Delinquent Property Tax Digital Age

First Online Delinquent Property Tax Sale in Texas

Round Rock, TX (June 9, 2017) – On June 6, the Burnet County Central Appraisal District conducted its first delinquent property tax sale through an online auction. This technological advance is expected to put more funds in the coffers of the local governments so that they may continue to serve this growing community of almost 45,000.

An online auction allows more bidders to participate, regardless of weather, traffic, additional tax sales or other conditions that may otherwise limit their ability to arrive at the courthouse steps on the first Tuesday of any given month. Not only is it more convenient for local bidders, it opens sales to bidders in the Austin tech-hub, which is about 60 miles to the southeast of this Texas Hill Country community. In fact, bidders from around the world can now make real-time bids on these properties without having to be there in person.

Counties, cities, school districts and local governments like those in Burnet rely on delinquent tax collections to recoup essential operating revenue needed for vital community services like emergency response, veterans’ affairs, roads and law enforcement. When a resident is unable to pay their property taxes in a timely manner, they potentially face legal action.

In Burnet County, certain properties are offered for sale to the highest bidder on the courthouse steps when their owners do not pay property taxes that are owed to the local governments. According to Chief Appraiser Stan Hemphill, between 30 to50 properties are auctioned this way every year.

As previously reported in the DailyTrib.com, Burnet County commissioners took formal action to approve this innovative online auction system in February after the mandated 90-day waiting period.

Burnet County partnered with mvba, the law firm of McCreary, Veselka, Bragg and Allen, P.C. (“mvba”), head quartered in Round Rock, to design, implement, and run the online platform. “It is a real thrill for mvba to partner with Burnet County to do the first online delinquent property tax sale in the State of Texas,” noted Matthew Tepper, a Partner at mvba. “As other counties start implementing their own online delinquent property tax sales, Burnet County will be the model they follow. Judge Oakley and Chief Appraiser Stan Hemphill should be credited for taking the lead in the evolution of the tax sale process. It is an honor for mvba to partner with a county that has such forward-thinking leadership.”

With over 55 years in the business of collecting governmental debts, mvba has proven to be a pioneer in the field. Its work has kept them at the forefront of digital collections technology.

“mvba, together with its clients, is on the cutting edge of ad valorem tax collection methods and practices to maximize local government revenues that provide critical services to taxpayers,” says Noé Reyes, a partner at the firm. “I envision that in 5, 10, or 20 years, tax sales will mostly take place online, perhaps exclusively. It’s the future. Burnet County and mvba are already there.”