Appeals Process

IF YOU WISH TO APPEAL THE VALUE OR CLASSIFICATION OF YOUR REAL PROPERTY, CONTACT THE COUNTY APPRAISER’S OFFICE WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE MAILING DATE OF THE VALUATION NOTICE TO SCHEDULE AN INFORMAL MEETING.  THESE HEARINGS MAY BE DONE OVER THE PHONE IF NECESSARY.  WE TYPICALLY WISH TO HAVE ALL INFORMAL HEARINGS COMPLETED WITHIN 60 DAYS FROM THE MAILING DATE OF THE VALUATION NOTICE.

PRIOR TO SETTING AN APPEAL YOU SHOULD CONSIDER REVIEWING INFORMATION USED IN SETTING YOUR VALUE.  THIS CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED IN SEVERAL WAYS, BUT A VISIT TO OUR OFFICE IS THE FIRST STEP.  YOU CAN FIND OUT HOW YOUR PROPERTY WAS VALUED AND WHAT COMPARABLE SALES WERE CONSIDERED IN SETTING YOUR VALUES.  ONCE PROPERTY OWNERS SEE INFORMATION AND A PICTURE OF THE COMPARABLE SALES, GENERALLY NO APPEAL IS MADE.  BY DOING THIS FIRST YOU MAY BE ABLE TO SAVE YOURSELF A GREAT DEAL OF TIME AND EXPENSE.

WITHIN A FEW DAYS AFTER THE INFORMAL MEETING, YOU WILL RECEIVE A DECISION IN THE MAIL FROM THE COUNTY APPRAISERS OFFICE.

IF YOU DO NOT APPEAL THE VALUATION NOTICE, YOU CAN STILL PROTEST THE APPRAISED VALUE OR CLASSIFICATION OF YOUR PROPERTY WHEN YOU PAY ALL OR HALF OF YOUR TAXES OR BY JANUARY 31ST IF THEY ARE PAID OUT OF AN ESCROW ACCOUNT OR BY A TAX SERVICE.  BY LAW, YOU CANNOT APPEAL BOTH YOUR VALUATION NOTICE AND THEN PROTEST WHEN YOU PAY YOUR TAXES FOR THE SAME PROPERTY IN THE SAME YEAR.

PAYMENT UNDER PROTEST FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE TREASURERS OFFICE OR THE APPRAISERS OFFICE.  THE PROTEST SHOULD STATE THE GROUNDS FOR THE PROTEST, INCLUDING THE PORTION OF THE ASSESSMENT PROTESTED AND ANY PORTION ADMITTED TO BE VALID.  THE PAYMENT UNDER PROTEST FORM MUST BE FILED WITH THE COUNTY TREASURER AT THE TIME YOU PAY YOUR T AXES.

A BROCHURE ON THE COMPLETE APPEALS PROCESS IS AVAILABLE IN OUR OFFICE.