- Published: September 21, 2015
- From the desk of: Paul Matthews
for Immediate Release
Cell Phone: (512) 484-1259
Paul Matthews CPA, CFA Announces Candidacy for Williamson County Commissioner Precinct 1
(Austin, TX) –Republican Paul Matthews, the Finance Director for the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, announced today that he will be a candidate for Williamson County Commissioner in Precinct One in the upcoming March 1st primary.
“I am running for Williamson County Commissioner because I have a unique blend of public and private sector experience that will serve the citizens of Williamson County well,” Matthews said. “As the Finance Director for the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, I have overseen general operating budgets larger than the entire general fund budget of Williamson County, and I am extremely aware of the pitfalls that can and will arise within the largest component [the Sheriff’s budget] of a county’s annual budget.”
In the recently adopted Williamson County budget (fiscal year 2016), law enforcement and 911 services accounted for over one-third of the county’s total $158.7 million general fund budget. In contrast, the entire Travis County Sheriff’s Office budget exceeded $165.2 million in FY15.
“Although I have significant experience in county government, as a CPA and tax practitioner, I am well aware of the increasing property tax burdens faced by the average citizen in Williamson County, citizens who have seen their monthly mortgage and escrow payments rise at a rate faster than their income growth because of soaring property values,” Matthews said. “With multiple taxing entities all taking a bite out of the same paycheck, it is imperative that county government do its part to restrain its growth to its limited constitutional duties so that Williamson County remains an affordable place to live.”
Paul Matthews is a Texas-licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin where he obtained a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). Paul also earned a Bachelor of Science in Business (Finance) and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Indiana University (Bloomington).
Paul has been active in the Round Rock and Austin communities and he currently serves as a member of the RRISD Bond Oversight Committee. In 2013-14, he served as the Chairman of the Finance sub-committee of the Citizens Bond Committee for the successful May 2014 school bond. Paul is also a graduate of Leadership RRISD and is a founding member of the Advisory Committee to the Academy of International Business and Economics at Cedar Ridge High School.
Paul is married to Karizma Kennedy Matthews, a Registered Nurse (RN) at St. David’s North Medical Center in Austin. They reside in the Brushy Creek Meadows neighborhood of North Austin and are the proud parents of two sons. The family attends and is a member of First Baptist Church in Round Rock. ###