State law requires county appraisal districts to notify property owners about changes in their property’s value. The notice also contains important information about the property’s location, its ownership, and property tax exemptions that have been applied to the property. It may include an estimate of 2011 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 Karnes 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 and a protest form. The deadline for filing a protest with the ARB is June 16, 2011 which reflects the 30 days after the appraisal district mailed you a notice of appraised value.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs’ publication, Texas Property Taxpayer’s 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.
Texas Property Taxpayer’s Remedies is available from the Karnes County Appraisal District, located at 915 South Panna Maria Ave., Karnes City, Texas 78118. The publication is also available on the State Comptroller’s Web site at www.window,state.tx.us or by calling the Comptroller’s Property Tax Assistance Division at (800) 252-9121.