(KTEN) — When Texans approved a constitutional amendment last November to lower property taxes, they also approved a change in how seats are filled on their tax appraisal district boards.

"We hope that we get folks on here that want to serve their community understand the process, and follow the laws as they've been been set out," said Shawn Coker, chief appraiser at the Grayson Central Appraisal District.

The amendment adds three more seats to an appraisal district's board of directors. In May, Texans will cast their votes to fill those seats.

The board of directors oversees the appraisal district and appoints members to the appraisal review board.

"So a board of directors just has oversight over the appraisal district as a whole," Coker explained. "They have to establish an appraisal district, hire a chief appraiser, adopt a budget, and adopt general policy."

Coker said he is concerned about the election bringing politics into a previously non-partisan operation.

"Appraisal districts were created to keep politics out of the appraisal process," Coker said. "That's why we're a subdivision of the state. We don't work for any particular entity."

And some find the addition of another ballot item to keep track of daunting, especially for voters who don't follow every issue.

"I don't pay as much attention to it as I probably should," Grayson County voter Andrea Poss said. "I guess it can be a little overwhelming to see a little more on the ballots."

Applications to fill those vacant seats will be accepted from January 17 through February 16.