Informal Protest Procedures
Understanding Informal Hearing Procedures
Bastrop Central Appraisal District strives to keep the public informed of the latest information about the Informal Hearing procedures.
Your property value is important to us. We would like the opportunity to informally discuss any questions or concerns you may have about your notice of appraised value.
About the Appraisal – The appraiser is required to appraise property at market value as of January 1st each year. The appraiser has applied generally accepted mass appraisal methods and techniques based upon the individual characteristics that affect the market value of your property.
If you disagree with the Proposed Value on your Notice of Appraised Value, or any other action the Appraisal District may have taken on your property, please file a protest with the District to be scheduled for an informal hearing with one of our appraisers.
From April 16 to May 15th you may file your protest in person and schedule an informal hearing that will be held at a later date. After May 15th you will be notified of your informal appointment date and time by letter. Due to the number of informal meetings we are unable to reschedule appointments. If you are unable to make your appointment in person, please call the appraiser assigned to your hearing that appears on your appointment letter at the time of your hearing to discuss possible actions to be taken informally.
District appraisal staff will see property owners at the scheduled appointment date and time.
During the Informal meeting, the appraisal staff member will review the property record and evidence supplied by the property owner. The appraisal staff may or may not change the Proposed Value.
You may choose one of two options as the result of the informal meeting:
If you and the appraisal staff reach an agreement, you will finalize the property value by signing a settlement and waiver agreement.
If you and the appraisal staff are unable to reach an agreement, you will be scheduled for a Formal Hearing with the Appraisal Review Board that will be scheduled for a later date. You will be notified of your appointment date and time by mail.
Documents that may help your protest:
Real Property – Documents that may help determine property value include, but are not limited to, the following below:
- Agricultural history documentation
- Closing papers
- Fee appraisals
- Income and expense statements
- Photographs of property
- Recent engineer’s reports or professional
cost to cure estimates
- Recorded warranty deed documentation
- Sale or purchase contracts – Current Year
- Sales of similar properties
- Settlement statements – Current Year
- Survey plat
Business Personal Property – Please provide evidence regarding your business such as an asset listing with cost and year acquired, IRS forms such as depreciation schedule, balance sheets with inventory information, income and expense statements. These types of evidence will be helpful in determining the market value of your property.
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