After running her own successful business for 17 years, Betsy Price turned to government service in 2000 and won the election for Tarrant County Tax Assessor where she quickly made her department one of the most efficient in Texas, saving taxpayers millions of dollars.
Holding the line on costs and improving customer service, Betsy helped the Tax Assessor’s office win national and statewide awards for efficiency, innovation and performance.
Her accolades are even more impressive when you consider that since her election, Tarrant County has grown by more than 200,000 people and her department’s workload has soared by 50 percent – with virtually no increase in her department’s budget.
“Owning a business taught me to keep looking for better, more efficient ways to get things done,” she says. “I brought that business experience with me when I was sworn in the first time.”
Her stewardship of a department that collects $3.2 billion in taxes a year has helped Tarrant County become one of the few governments in the country to live within its means — no budget shortfalls or deficits. Compared to what’s happening with the federal, state and local governments, her accomplishments are rare these days.
As Fort Worth’s Mayor, Betsy will bring the same brand of innovative leadership to solve the most pressing issues in one of Texas’ fastest-growing cities.
“I first ran for public office because I learned from my parents’ example that we should give something back to our community,” says Betsy. “And now I want to put my experience to work for Fort Worth. I love this town, the people and everything about it.”
Born in Fort Worth, Betsy has been a leader in Cowtown’s business, government and community service groups all her life – from Sunday school, the PTA and Camp Fire Girls to serving as Vice President of the Red Cross and board member of the Police Department’s Bike Officers Citizen Support Club as well as professional associations.
After graduating from Arlington Heights High School, she earned a science degree in biology at the University of Texas in Arlington. Before being elected to office, she owned Price Cornelius Title Service. Betsy and her husband Tom, an insurance executive, have three children, two grandsons and three dogs.