Board of Directors

Functions of the Board of Directors

The Texas Legislature enacted the Tax Code in 1979 and for the first time created countywide appraisal of property for ad valorem taxation. This function was assigned to appraisal districts pursuant to Chapter 6 of the Tax Code.

Governance of the districts was given to a board of directors. The members may not receive compensation for service on the board, but are entitled to reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses. Specific responsibilities for the board of directors are:

  1. Appointing the chief appraiser
  2. Contracting with other appraisal offices, taxing units or private firms to perform appraisal functions;
  3. Adopting annual budgets for the operation of the appraisal district
  4. Determining a method of financing the annual budget based on cost allocation among taxing units;
  5. Purchasing or leasing real property, as well as constructing improvements to establish the appraisal district office
  6. Ensuring preparation of annual audits by certified public accountants;
  7. Selecting a financial institution to deposit funds through bid solicitations;
  8. Entering contracts for appraisal functions, all for all expenditures, comply with the competitive bidding requirements established by law;
  9. Being a necessary party to lawsuits brought by property owners concerning appraisals;
  10. Approving the appointment of the Agricultural Advisory Board
  11. Appointing the members of the Appraisal Review Board and increasing the size of said board’s membership when necessary;
  12. Develop a biennial written reappraisal plan for the district’s appraisal activities
  13. Administering the district office in any other manner required by law.

The board of directors has no responsibility for setting tax rates, appraising property, adjusting appraisals, granting or denying exemptions, or any other matter directly affecting the value of property.

Effective September 2007, Section 6.15, Property Tax Code.

It is a criminal offense for a member of the board of directors to directly or indirectly communicate with the chief appraiser on any matter relating to the appraisal of property, except in open session with an agenda item.

Board Members Jurisdiction
Jerry Svatek Boling ISD
Leo Kolafa, Jr. East Bernard ISD
Mark Pool El Campo ISD
Tim Benich Louise ISD
Sherrell Speer Wharton ISD
A. C. Grahmann City of East Bernard
Steven Ward City of El Campo
Russell Machann City of Wharton
Steven Goetsch County of Wharton
Patrick L. Kubala Tax Assessor/Collector (Non-voting member)

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