TAGG meeting erupts
By 05/29/2003 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE - Executive Chairman Phillip Lynch erupted after the Ellis County Appraisal District's Review Board had its integrity questioned.
Dozens packed a small Waxahachie Civic Center meeting room to hear Lynch and Chief Appraiser Kathy Rodrique discuss the inner workings of the ECAD, but former Taxpayers Alliance for Good Government Chairman Marshal Evans objected to statements Lynch made alledging the appraisal district was responsible to the people.
'It's unfortunate that he lost his temper, misunderstood and had the altercation he had,' Evans said. 'I think both sides were benefiting; I wasn't questioning his personal integrity. I think people who stand for the people such as George Washington and the people who threw tea in the harbor had integrity.'
Lynch said the Appraisal Review Board, the committee responsible for hearing yearly appraisal protests, showed integrity because of their adherence to state law and the constitution.
Evans then compared Lynch's statements to that of German Nazis during World War II.
'They [Nazis] said they're doing their job - is that integrity? I don't think so. That's my personal opinion and he took it personal,' Evans said.
Residents unhappy over their increased values have to work within the system, Lynch said, before you can make
'That men of integrity violate their integrity to have you lower your taxes because you won't learn the rules, and play by the rules, is that what you're saying?' Lynch asked.
'I'm asking the question. Is that what you're saying? Is that what you're saying? Are you afraid to answer the question? I didn't think so. I didn't think so.'
Evans tried getting Lynch to settle down, and soon after, residents got into the mix.
'I was almost convinced that all the bad guys were located 160 miles south of us [Austin] ‘til that point,' said Waxahachie resident Bruce Norman.