Appraisal Review Board Members (ARB)

 2021 ARB Members
Vivian Spanihel (Chair) - Rice CISD Area
Frank Brenner (Secretary) - Weimar ISD Area

Ken Seifert - Columbus ISD Area

The ARB was created by the Texas Legislature to provide an independent judicial review of property owner protests of values by the Colorado County Appraisal District (CCAD). Under current statute, the ARB consists of three members and must have resided in the county of appointment for at least two years.

The three-member ARB is appointed by the BOD of the CCAD. In Colorado County, each ARB member is a geographical representation of the three school district areas in the county. Each member shall respectively reside in one of the school districts in the county (i.e. Columbus ISD, Rice CISD and Weimar ISD).

Colorado County citizens interested in ARB service for future vacancies, should submit a completed application to the attention of the BOD at the CCAD. While there are currently is no vacancies to the ARB, completed applications are accepted year-round to fulfill any potential vacancies.

Application and requirements for appointment can be found in the following


The Board of Directors' (BOD) ARB Candidacy Process and Requirements:

BOD Policy on ARB

The ARB Candidacy Application:

ARB Candidacy Application

The ARB's Role in the Property Tax System

The local property tax system follows the principle of checks and balances. An appraisal district board of directors hires the chief appraiser and sets the budget. The directors have no authority to set values or appraisal methods. The chief appraiser carries out the appraisal district’s legal duties, hires the staff, makes the appraisals and operates the appraisal office.

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.

ARB Investigation and Removal Policy

Appraisal Review Board Guidelines & Hearing Procedures