CHEROKEE COUNTY – Two new members were recently elected to the five-member Cherokee County Appraisal District board of directors, and will begin serving a two-year term beginning this month.

Joe Taylor, who is a New Summerfield ISD trustee, and Jay Jones, a trustee with Alto ISD, join Doug Gowin, Sam Hopkins and Jim Tarrant on the board.

The Cherokee County Appraisal District is responsible for appraising all real and business personal property within Cherokee County according to the Texas Property Tax Code and the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices.

This includes Alto ISD; Jacksonville ISD; New Summerfield ISD; Troup ISD; the City of Alto; the City of Rusk; the City of New Summerfield; the City of Wells and the City of Jacksonville, as well as a portion of the following entities that fall within Cherokee County: The City of Bullard, Rusk ISD, Wells ISD, Carlisle ISD, Bullard ISD and the City of Troup.

Each entity has a certain amount of votes, with election results final on Dec. 16.

Jim Tarrant received 1,916 votes; Jay Jones, 994; Doug Gowin, 894; Joe Taylor, 585; and Sam Hopkins, 388.

According to an Appraisal District Director's Manual” listed on www.comptroller.texas.gov, in the fall of odd-numbered years, “taxing units – counties, cities/towns, school districts, junior colleges and certain conservation and reclamation districts – select directors” who have resided in the county appraisal district for at least two years immediately preceding the date they are to take office.

Among the board's duties are hiring a chief appraiser; adopting an appraisal district's annual operating budget; appointing appraisal review board members and selecting a chair person and secretary for ARB members; and meet at least quarterly each year, according to the manual.

“We supervise the appraisal district staff – in fact we are the ones who the chief appraiser works for,” Hopkins explained. “We supervise his work; he reports to us what the district does. We're also monitoring budget and expenditures, and we have very nice appeals process for taxpayers on their appraisals.”

The review board (ARB) is a five-member body helps property owners if they are unable to resolve a difference in property values with the CCAD.

“Their first stop is to work with the appraisal district; the next is to go to the review board,” he said.

The CCAD board is slated to meet on Jan. 16.

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