Resourceful Readers To The Rescue

In response to yesterday’s post about locating contact information for San Antonio Symphony board members, one resourceful Adaptistration reader offered some useful suggestions…

Referencing a tool they use in their business to help locate contact information, they directed me to the Central Appraisal District website. The Bexar Country website states they “provide general information about the District and the ad valorem property tax system in Texas, as well as information regarding specific properties within the district.”

If you use the website to perform a search for the current SAS board chair, you are provided with only one record, which provides a mailing address. The Bextar County website comes with the following disclaimer, so keep in mind your mileage may vary:

All information contained herein, is considered in the public domain and is distributed without warranty of any kind, implied, expressed or statutory; it may be freely distributed or copied as permitted by law. The Bexar Appraisal District makes no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of this information and expressly disclaims liability for any errors and omissions.

Information relating to 2006 should be considered a “work in progress”; the information may be in various states of entry, correction and verification; the information may be incomplete or inaccurate and will probably change. Prior year data is informational only and does not necessarily replicate the values certified to the tax office.

I would like to extend my thanks to the reader who took the time out of the day to send in this information, it serves as one more reason why you have to love the internet.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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