Bastrop Central Appraisal District will begin mailing out appraisal notices Thursday, April 30. The deadline for filing a notice of protest is 30 days after the date mailed, which will be June 1st this year.
We find ourselves in exceptionally challenging times, as every aspect of “life as we once knew it” has been completely interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our office is currently closed to public access to ensure the safety of the general public and the appraisal district employees. The mailing of appraisal notices historically results in a high volume of walk-in customers each year. Unfortunately, our process for this year will prohibit public access as we take precautions to safeguard the public and our staff.
Property owners who wish to file a notice of protest are encouraged to file:
• On our website at www.bastropcad.org using the Online Protest portal
• By email – send a completed/signed protest form to firstname.lastname@example.org (When submitting a form or application by email, it must be legible and is preferred as a .pdf file. Photo imagery of the form is not acceptable), or
• Leave a completed/signed protest form in the secure drop box located in front of our office at 212 Jackson St, Bastrop, Texas, available between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday.
Informal hearings are scheduled to begin After May 6th and will occur by phone and/or email.
Formal hearings before the Appraisal Review Board will begin after June 1st.
A “2020 Informal Protest” button on the home page of our website, www.bastropcad.org , will direct you to the procedures we will follow for informal hearings to ensure the highest level of customer service we can provide during these unprecedented times.
The Governor and Comptroller’s office (Property Tax Assistance Division) have been contacted, either directly or through the Texas Association of Appraisal Districts (TAAD), seeking various options that would limit value increases from last year. As a result:
• Limiting value increases was deemed property tax relief and as such, would fall on the State Legislature. Therefore, per the Property Tax Code, property is to be valued as of January 1st.
• The Attorney General has issued an opinion stating that non-physical damage, such as possible economic loss in value due to COVID-19 pandemic, does not qualify for the disaster related temporary tax exemption provided by section 11.35 of the Property Tax Code. (full opinion: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/opinions/ken-paxton/kp-0299)
While we are very sympathetic to the economic distress experienced in our communities, the impact on market values will not be applied until the 2021 appraisal and will be based on data gathered during this year.
We expect our call volume to increase during this time. Staff members will return calls in the order they are received. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate uncharted waters.
We will continue to update our website to keep you informed of the changes in operations here at Bastrop CAD.