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Summary: Current law forbids appraisal review board members in counties with more than 100,000 people from serving more than three terms on an appraisal review board. Currently, only appraisal review board members in counties with fewer than 100,000 people can serve more than three terms, provided they take one term off immediately following their third consecutive term. HB 326 would change the laws so that any appraisal review board member, regardless of county population, to return to service after taking a term off. HB 326 also clarifies that, for counties with more than 100,000 people, former officers and former employees of appraisal districts, in addition to former members of any appraisal district’s board of directors, are ineligible to serve on appraisal review boards.
Analysis: HB 326 eliminates a term limit rule that limits the pool of qualified people available to serve on appraisal review boards in counties with more than 100,000 people. At the same time HB 326 protects against conflicts of interest by making former employees, former officers, and former members of an appraisal district’s board of directors from serving on appraisal review boards. HB 326 increases the number of qualified, experienced candidates available to serve on appraisal review boards in all counties while protecting their oversight impartiality by preventing people involved with appraisal districts from serving on boards that review appraisal districts.