In a 5-2 split vote, the Kingsville Independent School District Board of Trustees voted to nominate two of its members for the Kleberg County Appraisal District Board of Directors during Tuesday’s regular meeting.
The Board of Directors oversees a number of duties for the Appraisal District, including approving the annual operating budget, hiring a chief appraiser and developing and implementing policies.
Each of the nine entities served by the Kleberg County Appraisal District — Kleberg County, the City of Kingsville, KISD, Ricardo Independent School District, Riviera Independent School District, Santa Gertrudis Independent School District, South Texas Water Authority, the Kenedy County Groundwater Conservation District and the City of Corpus Christi — is allocated a specific number of votes for board elections.
A total of 5,000 votes are available between the entities, with the Kingsville ISD having the most with 1,650 votes. Kleberg County has the second highest number of votes with 1,500.
The local entities submit nominations for the six-member board to serve a two-year term. The board also includes the Kleberg County Tax Assessor-Collector, but that person is a non-voting member.
During Tuesday’s meeting, KISD Board President Brian Coufal said the school district has traditionally nominated one candidate to serve on the appraisal board.
“But we have enough votes, we could probably seat two people on that board if we wanted to,” he said. “I mean, we would probably unseat somebody.”
Board Secretary Corando Garza nominated trustee Lynn Yaklin, who has served with the Kleberg County Appraisal District Board of Directors since 2014.
Garza then requested the nominations cease, after which trustee Steven Crites nominated Board Vice-President Brandon Greenwood as a candidate for the appraisal board.
Coufal said since the KISD practice has been to submit only one nomination, he asked for a motion to submit two candidates for the appraisal board. Greenwood made the motion, which was seconded by Crites.
Garza said naming two nominees was “trying to shove stuff down the appraisal district’s board of governance.”
“I think one (candidate) is enough,” he said.
The nominations passed 5-2, with Garza and trustee Nick Prado voting against.
Elections for the Kleberg County Appraisal District’s Board of Directors will take place in December.
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