A pair of appointments to Washington County’s Tax Phase-in Compliance Review Committee led what was otherwise a routine meeting for county commissioners today (Tuesday).
Roger Chambers and Sharlie Douglass were appointed by County Judge John Durrenberger to serve on the committee, which acts as a supervisory body ensuring that any entities that have received tax abatements are following through with the terms of their agreements.
Brenham | Washington County Economic Development Director Teresa Rosales explained that the committee is part of the county’s policy for guidelines and criteria for granting tax phase-in in the county. The five-member committee is made up of two appointments by the county judge, two by the mayor of Brenham and one by the county’s chief appraiser.
Chambers is a real estate broker associate, general certified appraiser, auctioneer and property tax consultant who has previously served on the committee. Douglass is a real estate sales associate and a board member for the Chappell Hill Water Supply Corporation. The appointments are for two-year terms.
Commissioner Kirk Hanath thanked the two for serving on the committee, saying it is very important in creating a level of accountability for those who are receiving tax abatements and making certain that all of the necessary criteria are met. Durrenberger added that sometimes during the abatement process, promises are made, and this committee works to ensure that those promises are kept.
Other business at today’s meeting included the presentation of monthly and quarterly reports from the sheriff’s office, county and district clerks, justices of the peace, auditor, tax assessor-collector, treasurer, constables, elections, veterans service officer and Information Technology Department.