Appraisal Review Board

Appraisal Review Board

Member Appointments to the ARB

As a member of the Kendall Appraisal Review Board (ARB), you will sit in a panel of three to six and listen to property owners protest the market value of their property set by Kendall Appraisal District. The taxpayer and the appraisal district will both present testimony and evidence and the ARB panel members will weigh that evidence to determine the fair market value of the property. You will base your final decision upon the facts presented to you, while adhering to the Texas Property Tax Code and the laws of this state.

Applicants must:

  • Be available to work full days, Monday through Friday during the protest season May through August, and for mandatory training days between February and June
  • Have been a Kendall County resident for the last two years

The Local Administrative District Judge appoints ARB members for two-year terms. ARB members are not employees of the appraisal district and are not eligible for employee benefits by their review board service. Compensation for ARB members is a minimum per Diem of $125 per day.

The Local Administrative District Judge will review all questionnaires received and will contact respondents to schedule an interview. If selected as a candidate to serve, you will be subject to a background investigation.  An application for appointment to the ARB can be found here.

ARB Board Members
Craig McDonald
Jim McGovern
Samuel S. Barton
Mark Mellard
Maxie Zinsmeister

The ARB’s Role in the Property Tax System

The appraisal review board (ARB) is the judicial part of the system. The ARB is a separate body from the appraisal office and serves a different function. It hears and resolves disputes over appraisal matters. This is a very broad and important responsibility, but the ARB must be sensitive to its legal and practical limits.

First, the ARB only has authority over matters submitted to it. The ARB has no role in the day to day operations of the appraisal office or in appraising property.

Except where it is deciding a protest, challenge or a correction motion, the ARB has no authority to change a value or correct the appraisal records directly. In a challenge, it must order the chief appraiser to reappraise or correct the records related to the challenge. Only in resolving taxpayer protests can the ARB make changes or set a value on its own. Such a change only affects the property in question.

Note: Please note that if you as a taxpayer speak to an ARB member regarding your property that the ARB member will not be able to hear the protest. All calls need to be referred to the Appraisal District to speak to the appraiser in charge of their property or the Chief Appraiser.

2023 ARB Hearing Procedures