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Bridge resigns from Wilson County Appraisal District
Eddie Bridge, who perhaps was the keystone in a 2008 effort to repair the fractured reputation of the Wilson County Appraisal District (WCAD), has resigned from his position as chief appraiser. This is according to Assistant Chief Appraiser Brian Stahl, following the WCAD board of directors’ Aug. 7 meeting.
Stahl, who the board selected as the district’s interim chief appraiser, said Bridge’s resignation letter offered no explanation for his sudden departure. Bridge’s resignation was effective Aug. 6.
Bridge was hired as the WCAD’s chief appraiser in September 2008. This was after a sharp spike in appraised property values generated a firestorm among Wilson County’s property owners, which eventually led to the ousting of former Chief Appraiser Carlton Pape and former Assistant Chief Appraiser Shauneen Barker.
Also during the Aug. 7 meeting, the board held a public hearing on its proposed 2013 fiscal year budget. The board also approved the $1,134,577 spending plan, of which $962,443 is devoted to the WCAD’s appraisal functions.
The remaining $172,134 is being allocated for costs associated with the district’s tax-collection services rendered to the cities and school districts of La Vernia, Poth, and Stockdale. The district anticipates collecting an additional $873.32 for certain collection functions it performs for several other entities within the county.
Only a simple majority of Wilson County’s 26 taxing entities have to approve the budget for it to become effective. If a majority reject the budget, the WCAD’s board must revise it. Stahl said the deadline for the entities to act is Sept. 6. Not voting on the budget is treated the same as a vote to approve it, he said.
Also related to the WCAD, the district certified the county’s taxable values July 25. This will allow the taxing entities to compute the effective tax rates used in their budgeting processes. See related article, page 2A. http://www.wilsoncountynews.com/article.php?id=45132
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