Travis County Tax Office to be named after Nelda Wells Spears

The tax office, located at 5501 Airport Blvd., Austin, will be named in honor of Nelda Wells Spears after county commissioners took action Oct. 2. Spears—the first African American Tax Assessor-Collector in the state—was appointed to the role in 1991 and won five subsequent elections in Travis County.

“It’s an honor for me to vote to name this building after Nelda,” Commissioner Margaret Gomez said. “She is very deserving [of the namesake].”

The third longest serving Tax Assessor-Collector in the county’s history, Spears passed away in March.

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