ARB Members

ARB Member
David Stiver
George Jaster
Michael Lee
James Debose
Jake Cain

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.

Board of Directors Members

Board Member
Tammy Gilbert
Joel Hardy
William Bennett
Greg McBee
Dale Hurst

The Appraisal District Board of Directors 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, sets the budget and appoints the appraisal review board members.
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.

A copy of the Board of Directors Manual and a copy of our Personnel Manual may be obtained at the Madison County Appraisal District office.

Staff Members

Name Area
Matt W. Newton Chief Appraiser
Randy J. Dudley Deputy Chief Appraiser
Michelle Clary Appraiser/Admin Asst.
Laura Bailey Appraisal Clerk / Data Entry
Joel Black Appraiser
Melinda McVey ARB Coordinator/Admin Asst.
Contact Information
P.O. Box 1328
Madisonville, TX 77864
Monday - Friday 8-4:30
Chief Appraiser
Matt W. Newton