Kent County Property Tax Assessment Appeal Board

(Term 5 years - 3 members and 1 alternate)

Rev. Ruben Freeman, Chairman 06/01/18 David Gifford 06/01/17
Christine Harris 06/01/18 Justin White 06/01/18

Originated in 1973 Legislation - effective July 1, 1973

House Bill 531 (3 year term)
Tax- Property - Section 3-103\3--105
3--103. Membership. (a) Composition; appointment of members.

(1) Each Board consists of 3 regular members and 1 alternate member .(2) The Governor shall appoint the members from a list of names submitted as follows: (i) for Baltimore City, by the Mayor of Baltimore City; or (ii) for a county other than Baltimore City, by: 1. the county commissioners or the county council of the county; or 2. if the county charter provides for a county executive, by the county executive with the approval of the county council. (3) The number of names on each list shall be 3 times the number of vacancies. (4) Each list shall be submitted at least 3 months before the end of a term. (b) Oath -- Before taking office, each appointee to the board shall take the oath required by Article I, § 9 of the Maryland Constitution. (C) Tenure; vacancies. - (1) The term of a member is 5 years. The term ends on June 1 of the appropriate year. (2) The terms of members are staggered as required by the terms provided for members of the board on July 1, 1985. (3) At the end of a term, a member continues to serve until a successor is appointed and qualifies. (4) A member who is appointed after a term has begun serves only for the rest of the term and until a successor is appointed and qualifies. (5) The alternate member fills a vacancy of a regular member until the vacancy is permanently filled. However, if the alternate member is appointed by the Governor as the regular member, the Governor shall appoint a new alternate member. (6) The board chairman or the Administrator may ask the alternate member to serve on the board during the temporary absence of a regular member. However, the alternate may not want to serve on the board when the 3 regular members are present. (d) Removal. -- (10 The governor may remove a member only for incompetence, malfeasance, conduct unbecoming a board member, or inability or failure to perform the duties of the office on a regular basis. (2) After giving a member notice and an opportunity for a hearing, the Mayor of Baltimore City, the county commissioners or the county council of the county, or if the county charter provides for a county executive, the county executive with the approval of the county council, may recommend the removal of the member by the Governor for the grounds listed in paragraph (1) of this subsection. 3--105.Quorum; meetings; decisions evidenced by order; compensation and reimbursements; staff. (a) Quorum. -- Two members of a board are a quorum to do business. (b) Decisions evidenced by order. -- (1) The board shall issue an order that sets forth its determination of any matter brought before it. Two members of a board shall sign the order. (2) The order shall be filed with the clerk of the board. (C) Compensation and reimbursement for expenses. -- Each member of a board is entitled to: (1) compensation at an hourly rate as provided in the State budget; and (2) reimbursement for expenses under the Standard State Travel Regulations, as provided in the state budget. (d) Staff. - With the approval of the Administrator, each board may employ a staff in accordance with the State budget.