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Feb 3, 2014 7:14 PM

Canales Set to Resign as Chief Appraiser

CORPUS CHRISTI - It's another story on anonymous complaints having real consequences for public officials, but this time it's at the Appraisal District.

Nueces County Chief Appraiser Ronnie Canales is fired up over the anonymous letter that is questioning his qualifications.

"I can tell you this - people that do not sign documents are very much cowards to say the least," he told KRIS 6 News today.

There's some history here. The appraisal district board hired Canales, the former Nueces County Tax Assessor-Collector, to clean it up back in 2012.

And, it's been a quiet couple of years.

The board hired Canales on the contingency that he earn a couple of certifications back then, but a new law, House Bill 585, passed last year requires a chief appraiser to be a level four appraiser.

Canales is a level three. Both Canales and the Appraisal District's lawyer said they believe Canales is qualified.

But the anonymous letter, written by "Concerned Citizens of Nueces County," questions Canales' qualifications and cites specific state code.

Canales said he could fight it in court but doesn't want to put his personal feelings ahead of other, more important things.

After all, the Appraisal District is in the heat of appraisal season and the certified tax rolls are due in July. Canales said he does not want to jeopardize that.

"I think that I've accomplished a lot of things here for the short time I've been here and I think this office is a lot better off than it was this time three years ago."

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