2020 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 appraisal district is required to appraise property at market value as of January 1st each year. The appraisal district has applied generally accepted mass appraisal methods and techniques based upon the individual characteristics that affect the market value of your property.
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.
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-029.)
You will be notified of your informal appointment date by letter. You will receive a phone call from an appraiser assigned to your hearing.
During the informal meeting, the appraisal staff member will review the property and evidence supplied by the property owner. The appraisal staff may or may not change the 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:
- Agricultural history documentation
- Fee appraisals – July 1, 2019 to current
- 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 – July 1, 2019 to current
- Sales of similar properties – July 1, 2019 to current
- Settlement statements – July 1, 2019 to current
- 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.
“To provide quality service with the highest principles of integrity, professionalism, and respect. We will uphold these standards while providing an accurate, fair, and cost-effective appraisal roll for use in property tax assessment, while adhering to the property tax laws of the State of Texas.”