Keller Mayor Armin Mizani confirmed she resigned from the position the following morning, he wrote in a social media post.
Tarrant Appraisal District board chair resigns after Keller initiates recall. Our reasons for taking extraordinary measures can be read belowhttps://t.co/nHQGUo4m2q— Armin Mizani (@ArminMizaniTX) February 23, 2023
Wilemon was elected the chair of the TAD in 2021. The Tarrant Appraisal District is governed by a board of directors representing taxing units within Tarrant County.
Some of the items the mayor brought up were the distrust in the appraisal process, the spike in protests of assessments and the targeting of a professional license of a property tax consultant aiding Keller residents.
The property tax bill is set by the valuation of personal property assessed by the TAD and taxing entities within the residential area, such as school districts, hospital districts, municipal utility districts, and city and county rates. That money is then used generate revenue to pay for police departments, fire departments, road and street maintenance, and public infrastructure, according to the TAD website.
“Along with our pledge to reduce the tax burden on our residents, we also made a pledge to increase accountability and transparency in local government—and that includes the process to apportion our votes in selecting the individuals who make up the Tarrant Appraisal board of directors,” Mizani wrote.
Board members are elected by taxing entities, such as cities and school districts, not taxpayers. Those entities can vote to begin a recall process of a board member, but only if they initially voted for the member, Mizani said. Had Wilemon not resigned, the next step in the recall process would have been sending the matter to a vote among other entities who had voted for her.
Chandler Crouch, who helps Tarrant County residents protest their property taxes every year free of charge, was encouraged by Wilemon's resignation.
“I have seen TAD manipulate how vacant board seats are filled on three separate occasions,” Crouch said. “I hope the process to fill the vacant seat honors the interests of the commissioners court and taxpayers.”