Property Tax Appeal Procedures

Property owners have the right to protest actions concerning how their property tax appraisals.   If you feel an appraisal value is incorrect, contact the appraisal district office in your area, for example Killeen’s office is (254-634-9752).  The local appraiser will discuss the appraised value of the property and the how the value was estimated to you.   If the local appraisers explanation doesn’t satisfy your inquiries, you may have your case heard by the appraisal review board (ARB).  The ARB is an independent board of ordinary citizens that reviews appraisal protests.  They can order the county appraisal district (CAD) to make the necessary changes.

At the hearing, you or your agent may present evidence physically (or notarized) for the ARB board to review, a CAD representative will do the same.   The ARB board will make its decision based on the evidence presented, often the CAD has the burden of establishing the property’s value with the majority of the evidence presented.   Don’t try and contact ARB members outside of the hearing as it is against the law.

After the ARB decides your case, they will send you a copy of the order by mail.  If you’re not satisfied with the decision you must file an appeal within 60 days if the date you received the boards order.  The case may be reviewed by the District Court, Binding Arbitration or State Office of Administrative Hearings.  All appeals require payment of certain fees and deposits.  For more information on the subject, contact your local appraisal office.

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