Details on Circuit Court Appointments

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Board of Zoning Appeals
The Board of Zoning Appeals hears and decides on appeals of the Zoning Administrator or any other officer in the administration of enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance. May grant variances to the Zoning Ordinance and decides on special use permit applications.

The Board consists of five (5) members. They are appointed for five-year terms by the Judge of the Circuit Court. Meetings are held in the Board Room the first Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m.

Electoral Board
The Electoral Board consists of three members. A majority of the circuit court judges of the judicial circuit for Augusta County appoints or reappoints one member each year for a term of three years. Two members represent the political party of the Governor in office, the other member represents the other major party.

This Board appoints the general registrar and the officers of election (poll workers); submits a budget each year to the Board of Supervisors; assists the Board of Supervisors in securing polling places; oversees the election process for primary, town, general and special elections; orders supplies and has ballots printed; and ascertains the results of each election immediately following each in order to certify the results to the State Board of Elections.

Meetings are mandatory the first week of February. Most other meeting times are at the Board's discretion upon the call of its members.

Equalization Board
The Circuit Court of Augusta County, in each tax year immediately following the year of a general reassessment appoints a Board of Equalization of real estate assessments. The terms expire one year after the effective date of the assessment for which they are appointed. Every Board of Equalization is composed of not less than three nor more than five members who are real property owners in Augusta County and selected by the court or judge from the citizens of the county. No member of the Board of Assessors is eligible for appointment to the Board of Equalization for the same reassessment. In order to be eligible for appointment, each prospective member shall attend and participate in the basic course of instruction given by the Department of Taxation. Any vacancy occurring on any Board of Equalization is to be filled for the unexpired term by the authority making the original appointment.

The Board of Equalization shall sit at and for such time or times as may be necessary to discharge the duties imposed.