I am always curious as to why God places me in the serving opportunities that he does. I always think I need to be doing something more meaningful in God's work. I doubt that I am qualified enough, good enough, etc. He always reminds me that he will give me what I need where I am when it is with him in his plan for my life.
This week has been really busy week. I blogged about this earlier, but it is worth sharing again. The Hale County Appraisal District sent letters to everyone in Hale County who has residential and commercial property. They found out that their appraisals did not align with value according to the margin set by the State. They had to re-appraise all of the commercial properties in one year instead of the three-year rotation they used. This is why there has been such a huge increase. They must bring the properties into the margins they have in place, or funds would be taken from schools. It isn't just Plainview but all of Hale County...and many other counties in the State. They did get a waiver that allows no school penalty, but if it isn't met by the next appraisal season, they will penalize our county by withdrawing school funding through a penalty process.
In the past, the HCAD has been able to meet with property owners to settle the majority of the protests. Still, this year has been one like the Appraisal Review Board (not associated with the HCAD but appointed by their board to hear all unsettled protests one week each year, typically in July.) has not experienced since I have been serving.
This year there are somewhere between 5 and 6 hundred unsettled protests. The ARB is hearing them Monday through Thursday of this week. We arrive at about 7:30 am and get through each day at about 7:30 pm, with lunch brought in so we don't lose valuable time.
I was dreading this, to be quite honest, but God has been there with me and has brought so much joy through all of the ones we have heard and through getting to work with the ARB members and the HCAD employees. God is so perfect!!!
I'm tired, these are long days, but the blessings are bigger than my tired! We had a lot of laughs, sweet people, sweet smiles, and a fun time talking about pigs.