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Applicants Wanted for Appraisal Review Board Service

  • Published on Jul 28, 2020
  • by Michelle Carr

Applications for Appraisal Review Board (ARB) members are being accepted by District Judge Robert K. Schaffer, administrative judge for the state district courts in Harris County.

The ARB was created by the Texas Legislature to provide an independent judicial review of property owner protests of values established by the Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD).  

Service on the ARB will begin as soon as training is complete.  Applications from Harris County citizens interested in ARB service must be submitted by the applicant directly to Judge Schaffer through the HCAD human resources division to be considered. Applications from third parties will not be accepted.  The application process will be open until the current vacancies are filled.

The ARB is a citizen board that sits in panels of three to hear testimony and review evidence in order to determine property owner protests which cannot be resolved informally with HCAD.

Service on the review board does not constitute a full-time job, but members are compensated per diem when conducting hearings and attending ARB meetings.  ARB members are required to attend ARB meetings in addition to serving on panels for actual ARB hearings.   

Review board service is generally a full-time commitment during the summer and fall months and requires members to be available to serve all day, every weekday and several Saturdays from May through the end of the year.  Weekday hearings are also