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By James McAfee/The Knox County News-Courier—
BENJAMIN—Mitzi Welch announced to the Knox County Commissioners court that she was stepping down as the Knox County Tax
Assessor-Collector, effective Jan. 1, during a special meeting in the County Judge’s chambers Monday morning.
Welch will become the chief appraiser for the Knox County Appraisal District.
The change was made necessary because of a new law passed by the Texas Legislature earlier this year that restricts an employee of an appraisal district to either be an officer or an employee of a taxing unit that participates in the appraisal district.
The commissioners did approve an interlocal agreement with the appraisal district concerning how county payments will be made going forward.
The commissioners will hold another special meeting today to consider the appointment of a new tax assessor-collector and accept Welch’ resignation.
Welch indicated she would be hiring an additional employee for the appraisal district and that another interlocal agreement would be considered to have both the county and appraisal district continue to share the same office.
The commissioners appointed Pate Meinzer to the appraisal district’s board of directors.
Judge Stan Wojcik did inform the commissioners that lawyers will be discussing a possible amendment to the tax abatement agreement requested by El Campo LLC, but no action was taken.