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Thomas King, a new chair for the Travis Appraisal Review Board, or ARB was appointed 6:30pm Wednesday by District Judge Lora Livingston, who also serves as Travis County's administrative judge. King took over the job just in time to address the board at its Thursday meeting.

And just in time to organize and lead the ARB through what's expected to involve the largest number of protests ever, for several reasons. Residential properties were not reappraised in 2019. Plus, Austin's housing market has such low inventory for sale that bidding wars have broken out. That's a double whammy that promises to cause home valuations to jump significantly. Hotels, restaurants and other businesses dependent on tourism have been hammered by the pandemic, promising a sharp increase in protests from those property owners.

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