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Smith County Tax Assessor-Collector Gary Barber Earns Certification

CASEY MURPHY Special to the Tyler Morning Telegraph Smith County Tax Assessor-Collector Gary Barber was one of the first in the state to earn the advanced certification of Professional County Assessor-Collector. “We want to run the best tax office in the state of Texas,” Barber said. “That’s our goal.” The profession has two basic

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