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Term limits rescinded for county boards
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A county regulation that placed term limits on the Board of Equalization and three boards that serve Warren County Airport has been removed.
The full Warren County Commission met Monday and voted 21-1 to rescind term limits of consecutive appointments to the Board of Equalization, the Airport Zoning Committee, the Airport Board of Zoning Appeals, and the Warren County Memorial Airport Commission.

Commissioner Carolyn Miller voted against, while Commissioners Gary Prater and David Rhea were absent.

Term limits were established five years ago.

Property Accessor Beth Martin came before the county Policy and Personnel Committee and said it is difficult to find people for the Board of Equalization.

“It’s not an easy thing to find people who can serve and who have knowledge about appraisal work to be on the county Board of Equalization,” said Martin. “The way the law states, we have to meet for 15 days and that’s to start June 1, or the first Monday thereafter if June 1 falls on a Saturday or Sunday. We have to meet for 15 days.”

Individuals with complaints about their property assessments are given an appointment somewhere in the 15-day period.

“I hate for the board to have to come every single day if they don’t have to,” said Martin. “I try and schedule appointments accordingly. However, if someone says ‘this is the only day I can come’ we will put them down for that day. The board members have to be available those 15 days to come at any given point and time. That’s part of why it’s hard to find people. If I find somebody who can do that and we get them knowledgeable on how everything works, it’s really good to keep them.”

The original resolution that set term limits was passed in February 2013. As well as the boards and committees listed above, it impacted the Industrial Development Board. Individuals could only serve two consecutive terms, but would be eligible to serve in the future.

Former commissioner Dwight O’Neal presented the measure to the full Warren County Commission as a way to get some “new blood” involved in the community. He pointed out some people have been serving on the same boards for decades.