Board of Directors Policy
A Board of six directors governs the Appraisal District. Board members select and hire the Chief Appraiser, adopt the annual District budget, appoint the Appraisal Review Board, appoint a Property Owner Liaison Officer, and ensure the District follows policies and procedures required by law. The Board of Directors does not appraise property or make decisions affecting the appraisal records.
Board of Directors:
Phillip Lynch, Chairman
Ken Marks, Vice-Chairman
Joe Pitts, Secretary
Charles T. Abram, Member
Tommy Hamilton, Member
John Bridges, Member
Public Access to the Board of Directors
It is the policy of the Board of Directors to provide the public with a reasonable opportunity to address the Board concerning the policies and procedures of the Appraisal District and on any issue within the Board’s jurisdiction. Generally, the Board’s statutory duties and jurisdiction involve:
- Adopting the District’s annual operating budget;
- Contracting for necessary services;
- Hiring the Chief Appraiser and assigning responsibilities to the position;
- Making general policy regarding the operation of the District;
- Appointing Appraisal Review Board members; and
- Appointing the Property Owner Liaison Officer.
At each regularly scheduled meeting, the Chairman of the Board of Directors will welcome the visitors and will allow up to five minutes for each visitor wishing to address the Board. Anyone wishing to address the Board is requested to complete a visitor identification card that identifies the topic or agenda item they wish to discuss.
Non-English speaking persons are encouraged to provide a personal interpreter. If a person cannot provide an interpreter, the District will attempt to arrange for interpreting assistance provided a written request is submitted to the Chief Appraiser at least three business days in advance of the meeting.
Access by Disabled Persons
District facilities allow access by disabled individuals. Handicapped parking spaces are available at the rear entrance of the District office. Individuals who need additional assistance for entry or access should notify the Property Owner Assistance Department at least three business days before the meeting.
Policies for Resolving Complaints
The Board will consider written complaints about the policies and procedures of the Appraisal District, Appraisal Review Board, the Board of Directors, and any other matter within its jurisdiction. The Board will not consider complaints addressing any matter that could be grounds for a challenge, protest, or correction motion before the Appraisal Review Board as set out in the Tax Code. The Board of Directors has no authority to overrule the Chief Appraiser or the Appraisal Review Board’s decision on a value, a correction, or a protest.
Complaints should be mailed to:
Ellis Appraisal District
(Chief Appraiser, Property Owner Liaison Officer, Chairperson, or Individual Board Member)
P. O. Box 878
Waxahachie, Texas 75168
At each regularly scheduled meeting, the Property Owner Liaison Officer shall report to the Board on the nature of complaints, if any, and the status of complaint resolutions.
- Board deliberations concerning complaints will comply with provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551, Government Code. Until final disposition of a complaint, the Board shall notify the parties at least quarterly on the status of a complaint unless notice would jeopardize an investigation.
The Chief Appraiser and Property Appraisals
The Chief Appraiser is the Chief Administrative Officer of the appraisal office. The Chief Appraiser is the only employee of the Board and is selected and hired by the Board, and is directly accountable to the Board in the discharge of his/her duties and responsibilities. All other personnel of the Appraisal District are employed by and accountable to the Chief Appraiser. The Chief Appraiser may delegate authority to District employees, as necessary.
The Chief Appraiser and his/her staff appraise the properties in the District. Property owner concerns about property appraisals should be discussed with the Appraisal District staff. Concerns that cannot be resolved at the staff level should be addressed by written protest to the Appraisal Review Board.
The Appraisal District’s Property Owner Assistance Department is available to answer questions or direct you to a staff member who can help you. The telephone number for the District is 972-937-3552 or toll free at 1-866-348-3552. We will respond to e-mails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.