The Hays Central Appraisal District — the agency that sets property values used to determine tax receipts for city, counties, school districts and a host of other smaller governments — is looking for candidates to serve on its Appraisal Review Board.
Applications are being collected by Deborah Waterman, the appraisal district’s taxpayer liaison officer, and will be forwarded to District Judge Gary Steel, who oversees appraisal review board appointments as determined by state law. Review board members serve two-year terms that will begin, in this case, in January 2014.
Potential review board appointees must be residents of Hays County for at least two years and be up-to-date on property tax payments. The review board typically hears cases once or twice a month, except between June and August, after updated preliminary appraisals are sent to property owners and the review board convenes several times a week for full-day sessions to keep up with the flurry of appeals.
The six-member review board hears protests from property owners who disagree with the initial appraisals set by the district and to hear protests from the local governments whose annual budgets are funded in part through property taxes. The review board is also empowered to determine whether agricultural or wildlife conservation exemptions are granted properly.
Current appraisal review board members are chair Jimmy Skipton III of Henley; vice chair Dianne C. Van Cura of Dripping Springs; David C. Elliott of San Marcos; and Jeff Laws of Woodcreek. One seat is currently vacant.