You may soon receive an appraisal notice from the Atascosa Central Appraisal District. The appraisal district mailed about 45,173 appraisal notices on May 9, 2018. Your city, county, school district and other local taxing units will use the appraisal district’s value to set your 2018 property taxes.
Under Texas 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, ownership and property tax exemptions that apply to the property. It must also include an estimate of the taxes by local taxing units if your property value increased in the last year.
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 Atascosa Central 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 June 8th for single-family residences with homestead exemptions, May 15th for all other property or 30 days after the appraisal district mailed your notice of appraised value, whichever is later for your property type.
The Comptroller’s 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 options of taking your case to district court, the State Office of Administrative Hearings or binding arbitration if you are dissatisfied with the outcome of your ARB hearing.
Property Taxpayer Remedies is available from the Atascosa Central Appraisal District at 624 N. Main Street, Pleasanton, Texas 78064 or on our website www.atascosacad.com. The publication is also available on the Comptroller’s Property Tax Assistance Division’s website at comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/property-tax/.