The Function of the Board Of Directors

(Modified in part from Taxpayers’ Rights, Remedies, & Responsibilities as published by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts)

The Board of Directors of the Val Verde County Appraisal District is comprised of nine members who are elected by the governing bodies of the taxing entities within the District, plus the county tax assessor/collector as ex-officio. The County Tax Assessor-Collector serves as a nonvoting director if that person is not appointed to serve as a voting director.

The members of the Board of Directors for the current term of office are:

Ramiro Guzman ( Chairman
Raymond Meza ( Vice-Chairman
Lois Everett Secretary
Pam Smith  
David Torres  
Pat Collins  
Diana Salgado  
Juan Gallegos  
Rusty Sewalt  
Bea Munoz (ex-officio)  


Any person wishing to address the Board of Directors concerning a matter under their jurisdiction may do so by submitting a written request to make public comments by noon on the day of the meeting. Persons addressing the Board are limited to a five-minute presentation; however, additional time may be granted at the discretion of the Board Chairperson.

The District will make every attempt to provide an interpreter for non-English speaking persons or for the hearing impaired. The request must be submitted to the District at least 7 days prior to the Board meeting. If the District cannot comply with the request, the Board and requesting party will be properly notified. The person requesting the interpreter must arrive at the Appraisal District office at least 15 minutes prior to the Board meeting in order to meet with the interpreter. The District provides handicapped parking, a ground floor meeting room, doors with no barriers, and restrooms equipped for the disabled. However, if a person has a disability that prevents him from entering the District's office or Board meeting room, he should notify the District in writing at least 7 days prior to the scheduled meeting. The notice should describe the person's disability and how it prevents the person from having access to the Board. Upon receipt of such notice, the Chief Appraiser will determine whether the person can be given access to the Board or if other means must be arranged. Under such circumstances, the Chief Appraiser shall inform the Board of the reasons why the person was not able to address the Board in person.


Duties and Responsibilities of the Board Of Directors

The appraisal district board of directors hire the chief appraiser, sets the yearly budget, appoints appraisal review board members and adopts policies developed by the Chief Appraiser and her staff.

The board of directors have no authority to set values or appraisal methods and does not hear valuation protests or make decisions affecting appraised values.

Duties of the Chief Appraiser

The chief appraiser is the chief executive officer of the Val Verde County Appraisal District and carries out all legal duties, hires the staff, oversees the appraisals and is in charge of the day to day activities of the appraisal district.