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Ellis Central Appraisal District election changed

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The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE- Kathy Rodrigue, chief appraiser of the Ellis Central Appraisal District, said the deadline for the election of the Board of Directors of the appraisal district has been extended to Dec. 15, according to a new state law.

'House Bill 2043 changed the election process for the Board of Directors so taxing entities still have time to get in their votes.

'The new deadline was set at Dec. 15, so we should have election results by the end of December,' said Rodrigue.

Until recently, taxing entities, such as cities and school districts, had only one month, from Oct. 15 until Nov. 15, to assign their votes to a candidate or candidates.

'It's been hard to schedule meetings within that time period to get the votes sent in to the appraisal district by Nov. 15,' said Rodrigue.

There are eight candidates for the five positions on the 2004-2005 Board of Directors of the appraisal district. The five candidates who receive the largest cumulative votes from taxing entities will serve a two-year term.

The candidates seeking positions on the ECAD Board of Directors are Leland Calvert, Fred Harrington, Johnny Johnson, Kenneth Johnson, Phillip Lynch, Ken Marks, Leon Thompson and Elmo Wade. Phillip Lynch, Elmo Wade, Johnny Johnson and Ken Marks presently serve on the Board of Directors and are seeking another term.

The duties of board members are to ensure the appraisal district is following the property appraisal laws of the state, to oversee the work of the chief administrator Rodrigue, and to interview and appoint members of the Appraisal Review Board, who interact directly with the taxpayers who have tax protests.

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