Appraisal Notices for tax year 2013 are on their way to property owners

If your property value increased in the last year by $1,000 or more, you will soon receive an appraisal notice from the Atascosa County Appraisal District. The appraisal district began mailing appraisal notices on April 23, 2013. Your city, county, school district and other local taxing units will use the appraisal district’s value to set your 2013 property taxes.

Under state law, county appraisal districts are required to notify property owners about changes in their property’s value. The notice contains important information about the property’s location, its ownership and property tax exemptions that have been applied to the property. It must also include an estimate of 2013 taxes by local taxing units.

Property owners who disagree with the appraised value of their property, the exemptions or any other action by the appraisal district have the right to appeal to the

Atascosca County Appraisal Review Board (ARB). The ARB is an independent panel of citizens responsible for hearing and settling property owner protests. The notice of appraised value includes instructions on how and when to file a protest, a protest form and the Comptroller’s Property Taxpayer Remedies. The deadline for filing a protest with the ARB is May 31, 2013, or 30 days after the appraisal district mailed you a notice of appraised value, whichever is later.

Any property owner who may not have received an Appraisal Notice, and is dissatisfied with their appraised value may file a written protest with the Appraisal Review Board before May 31, 2013 or not later than 30 days after the date an appraisal notice was mailed.

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs’ publication, Property Taxpayer Remedies, explains in detail how to protest your property appraisal, what issues the ARB can consider and what to expect during a protest hearing. The publication also discusses the option of taking your case to court or entering into binding arbitration if you are dissatisfied with the outcome of your ARB hearing.

Property owners who disagree with the Atascosa County Appraisal District’s appraisal of their property for local taxes or for any other action that adversely affects them may protest their property value to the appraisal district’s Appraisal Review Board (ARB).

A property owner must file a written notice of protest by May 31, 2013 or within 30 days after the appraisal district mails the taxpayer a notice of appraised value, whichever is later. The ARB will begin hearing taxpayer protests on June 3, 2013.

After the ARB completes its hearings and approves final property tax appraisals, local governments will use these appraisals to set 2013 property tax rates.

The ARB is a group of citizens who live in the appraisal district and are appointed by the appraisal district’s board of directors, except in Harris and Fort Bend Counties where a local administrative judge makes the appointments. Property owners may protest any of the following issues to the ARB:

• the appraised or market value of the property;

• unequal appraisal of the taxpayer’s property compared to similar property in the district;

• inclusion of the property on the appraisal records;

• denial of a partial exemption, such as a homestead exemption;

• denial of special appraisals, such as agricultural or timber productivity appraisal;

• determination that agricultural or timber land has had a change of use and is subject to a rollback tax;

• identification of the taxing unit or units in which the property is located;

• determination that the taxpayer is the owner of the property; or

• any other action of the appraisal office that adversely affects the owner.

The ARB schedules a hearing and sends the protesting property owner written notice of the date, time and place of the hearing. The law contains specific timelines and procedures for both the owner and the ARB throughout the appraisal protest process. These are detailed in the state Comptroller’s publication, Property Taxpayer Remedies.

Property Taxpayer Remedies is available from the Atascosa County Appraisal District at 274 South 4th Street, Poteet, TX 78065 (830-742-3591) or on our new website . The publication is also available on the Comptroller’s website at www.window. or by calling the Comptroller’s Property Tax Assistance Division at 1-800-252- 9121and press “2” to access the menu and then press “1” to contact the Information Services Team.

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