Tex. Tax Code § 6.41

Current through the 87th Legislature (2021) Second Special Session
Section 6.41 - Appraisal Review Board
(a) The appraisal review board is established for each appraisal district.
(b) Except as provided by Subsection (b-1) or (b-2), an appraisal review board consists of three members.
(b-1) An appraisal district board of directors by resolution of a majority of the board's members may increase the size of the district's appraisal review board to the number of members the board of directors considers appropriate.
(b-2) An appraisal district board of directors for a district established in a county with a population of one million or more by resolution of a majority of the board's members shall increase the size of the district's appraisal review board to the number of members the board of directors considers appropriate to manage the duties of the appraisal review board, including the duties of each special panel established under Section 6.425.
(c) To be eligible to serve on the board, an individual must be a resident of the district and must have resided in the district for at least two years.
(d) Members of the board are appointed by the local administrative district judge under Subchapter D, Chapter 74, Government Code, in the county in which the appraisal district is established . A vacancy on the board is filled in the same manner for the unexpired portion of the term.
(d-1) All applications submitted to the appraisal district or to the appraisal review board from persons seeking appointment as a member of the appraisal review board shall be delivered to the local administrative district judge. The appraisal district may provide the local administrative district judge with information regarding whether an applicant for appointment to or a member of the board owes any delinquent ad valorem taxes to a taxing unit participating in the appraisal district.
(d-2) A local administrative district judge may make appointments to the board directly or may, by written order, appoint from three to five persons to perform the duties of appraisal review board commissioner. If the local administrative district judge chooses to appoint appraisal review board commissioners, each commissioner shall possess the same qualifications as those required of an appraisal review board member.
(d-3) The local administrative judge shall cause the proper officer to notify appointees to the board of their appointment, and when and where they are to appear.
(d-4) If appraisal review board commissioners are appointed under Subsection (d-2), they shall meet as directed by the local administrative district judge in order to complete their duties.
(d-5) The appraisal district of the county shall provide to the local administrative district judge, or to the appraisal review board commissioners, as the case may be, the number of appraisal review board positions that require appointment and shall provide whatever reasonable assistance is requested by the local administrative district judge or the commissioners.
(d-6) An appraisal review board commissioner is not disqualified from serving as a member of the appraisal review board.
(d-7) If appraisal review board commissioners are appointed under this section, the commissioners shall return a list of proposed appraisal review board members to the local administrative district judge at a time directed by such local administrative judge, but in no event later than January 1 of each year. Such list shall be composed of no less than five (5) names in excess of the number of appraisal review board positions to be filled by the local administrative district judge. The local administrative judge may accept the proposed names, or reject the proposed list and return the proposed list to the commissioners upon which the commissioners shall propose a revised list until the local administrative judge accepts the list.
(d-8) Any appraisal review board commissioners appointed pursuant to this section shall hold office for a term of one year beginning January 1. A commissioner may be appointed to successive terms at the discretion of the local administrative district judge.
(d-9) In selecting individuals who are to serve as members of the appraisal review board for an appraisal district described by Subsection (b-2), the local administrative district judge shall select an adequate number of qualified individuals to permit the chairman of the appraisal review board to fill the positions on each special panel established under Section 6.425.
(d-10) Upon selection of the individuals who are to serve as members of the appraisal review board, the local administrative district judge shall enter an appropriate order designating such members and setting each member's respective term of office, as provided elsewhere in this section.
(e) Members of the board hold office for terms of two years beginning January 1. The appraisal district board of directors by resolution shall provide for staggered terms, so that the terms of as close to one-half of the members as possible expire each year. In making the initial or subsequent appointments, the local administrative district judge or the judge's designee shall designate those members who serve terms of one year as needed to comply with this subsection.
(f) A member of the appraisal review board may be removed from the board by the local administrative district judge or the judge's designee. Not later than the 90th day after the date the board of directors, local administrative district judge, or judge's designee that appointed a member of the appraisal review board learns of a potential ground for removal of the member, the board of directors, local administrative district judge, or judge's designee, as applicable, shall remove the member or find by official action that the member's removal is not warranted. Grounds for removal are:
(1) a violation of Section 6.412, 6.413, 41.66(f), or 41.69;
(2) good cause relating to the attendance of members at called meetings of the board as established by written policy adopted by a majority of the appraisal district board of directors; or
(3) evidence of repeated bias or misconduct.
(g) Subsection (a) does not preclude the boards of directors of two or more adjoining appraisal districts from providing for the operation of a consolidated appraisal review board by interlocal contract. Members of a consolidated appraisal review board are appointed jointly by the local administrative district judges in the counties in which the appraisal districts that are parties to the contract are established.
(h) When adjoining appraisal districts by interlocal contract have provided for the operation of a consolidated appraisal review board:
(1) a reference in this or another section of this code to the appraisal district means the adjoining appraisal districts;
(2) a reference in this or another section of this code to the appraisal district board of directors means the boards of directors of the adjoining appraisal districts;
(3) a provision of this code that applies to an appraisal review board also applies to the consolidated appraisal review board; and
(4) a reference in this code to the appraisal review board shall be construed to also refer to the consolidated appraisal review board.
(i) A chief appraiser or another employee or agent of the appraisal district, a member of the appraisal review board for the appraisal district, a member of the board of directors of the appraisal district, a property tax consultant, or an agent of a property owner commits an offense if the person communicates with the local administrative district judge regarding the appointment of appraisal review board members. This subsection does not apply to:
(1) a communication between a member of the appraisal review board and the local administrative district judge regarding the member's reappointment to the board;
(2) a communication between the taxpayer liaison officer for the appraisal district and the local administrative district judge in the course of the performance of the officer's clerical duties so long as the officer does not offer an opinion or comment regarding the appointment of appraisal review board members;
(3) a communication between a chief appraiser or another employee or agent of the appraisal district, a member of the appraisal review board for the appraisal district, or a member of the board of directors of the appraisal district and the local administrative district judge regarding information relating to or described by Subsection (d-1), (d-5), or (f) of this section or Section 411.1296, Government Code;
(4) a communication between a property tax consultant or a property owner or an agent of the property owner and the taxpayer liaison officer for the appraisal district regarding information relating to or described by Subsection (f). The taxpayer liaison officer for the appraisal district shall report the contents of the communication relating to or described by Subsection (f) to the local administrative district judge; or
(5) a communication between a property tax consultant or a property owner or an agent of the property owner and the local administrative district judge regarding information relating to or described by Subsection (f).
(j) A chief appraiser or another employee or agent of an appraisal district commits an offense if the person communicates with a member of the appraisal review board for the appraisal district, a member of the board of directors of the appraisal district, or the local administrative district judge regarding a ranking, scoring, or reporting of the percentage by which the appraisal review board or a panel of the board reduces the appraised value of property.
(k) An offense under Subsection (i) or (j) is a Class A misdemeanor.

Tex. Tax Code § 6.41

Amended by Acts 2021, Texas Acts of the 87th Leg. - Regular Session, ch. TBD,Sec. 5, eff. 9/1/2021.
Amended by Acts 2021, Texas Acts of the 87th Leg. - Regular Session, ch. TBD,Sec. 2, eff. 6/7/2021.
Amended by Acts 2019, Texas Acts of the 86th Leg.- Regular Session, ch. 944,Sec. 20, eff. 9/1/2020. Amendment to (d-9) op. for the appointment of appraisal review board members to terms beginning on or after 1/1/2021.
Amended by Acts 2019, Texas Acts of the 86th Leg.- Regular Session, ch. 802,Sec. 1, eff. 6/10/2019.
Amended by Acts 2015, Texas Acts of the 84th Leg. - Regular Session, ch. 1204,Sec. 1, eff. 9/1/2015.
Amended by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg. - Regular Session, ch. 1259,Sec. 8, eff. 1/1/2014.
Amended By Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1163, Sec. 112, eff. September 1, 2011.
Amended By Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 970, Sec. 1, eff. January 1, 2010.
Amended By Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1267, Sec. 2, eff. January 1, 2010.
Amended By Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 408, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004.
Amended By Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 354, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2002
Amended By Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1430, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 2001
Amended By Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 639, Sec. 1, eff. June 18, 1999
Amended By Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1039, Sec. 4, eff. Jan. 1, 1998
Amended By Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 299, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1996
Amended By Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 154, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1995
Amended By Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 597, Sec. 107, eff. Sept. 1, 1991
Amended By Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 6, Sec. 8, eff. Sept. 1, 1991
Amended By Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 796, Sec. 11, eff. Sept. 1, 1989
Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2231, ch. 841, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1982.
Amended by Acts 1981, 67th Leg., 1st C.S., p. 127, ch. 13, Sec. 29, eff. Jan. 1, 1982
See Acts 2021, Texas Acts of the 87th Leg. - Regular Session, ch. TBD, Sec. 5.
See Acts 2019, Texas Acts of the 86th Leg.- Regular Session, ch. 944, Sec. 99.
See Acts 2019, Texas Acts of the 86th Leg.- Regular Session, ch. 802, Sec. 2.