Who will govern the Fort Bend appraisal district for next two years?
By Elsa Maxey
This week the Fort Bend County Appraisal District (CAD) will be announcing its new board of directors for the 2014 and 2015 terms of office. Earlier this month Fort Bend County Commissioners Court voted to cast the county’s ballots in favor of electing five members to the Fort Bend CAD Board of Directors – Al Abramczyk, Albert Glover, Jim Kij, Paul Stamatis and Rhonda Zacharias. This was done the last time the commissioners met at the Travis Building on the 7th floor before moving across the street into the newly renovated courthouse, where they met for the first time last week.
The previous CAD board members consisted of Al Abramczyk, Jim Kij, Paul Stamatis, Kraig Warren, and Rhonda Zacharias. Albert Glover from Missouri City was selected as the candidate to be placed on the general election ballot as everyone else on the existing board except for Warren agreed to serve again if nominated, according to reports.
This local board of directors governs the appraisal district and the five members serve a two-year term beginning January 1 of even-numbered years. The taxing entities have a total of 5,000 votes determined on the percentage of the taxes levied. Those taxing entities with the largest number of votes are the Fort Bend Independent School District with 1,365 votes, Fort Bend County with 845 votes, Lamar Consolidated Independent School District with 600 votes, and the conservation districts (MUDs and LIDs), which have a total of 1,075 cumulative votes. The City of Sugar Land has 130 votes.
Fort Bend CAD Chief Appraiser Glen Whitehead is responsible for counting the votes and declaring the election of the five candidates who receive the most votes. Although there were only five candidates for the five board member positions, an election was required. All the governing bodies of taxing entities were asked to vote and submit their results to the Chief Appraiser before December 17.
At the board’s regular monthly board meeting in January, the oath of office will be administered to the newly elected CAD board members and the election of officers will also take place.
It is important to note that the Texas Legislature enacted a law in 2009 requiring the Comptroller of Public Accounts to review appraisal districts every two years. Referred to as the Methods and Assistance Program, the review studies the governance, taxpayer assistance, operating procedures and the appraisal standards, procedures and methodology of each appraisal district. A state Property Tax Assistance Division performed the reviews for 125 appraisal districts in 2011 in Texas, including the Fort Bend County Central Appraisal District. The local district’s report showed areas in need of improvement which needed to be addressed. One in particular was that the Fort Bend CAD was requested to develop written policies and procedures for evaluating complaints filed against appraisal review board members.
Short URL: http://www.fortbendstar.com/?p=36966