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SAN JACINTO COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICT

2020 PROPERTY APPRAISAL PROTEST PROCESS

IF YOU HAVE MISSED YOUR DEADLINE TO PROTEST, YOU MAY WRITE A LETTER TO THE APPRAISAL REVIEW BOARD REQUESTING A LATE PROTEST HEARING ACCORDING TO THE RULES AND PROCEDURES OF THE APPRAISAL REVIEW BOARD. THEY WILL REVIEW AND MAKE A DETERMINATION TO GRANT OR DENY.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many uncertainties for all citizens this year, and how to proceed in this difficult time is a challenge. The appraisal district has no authority to change or modify the laws set forth by the Texas Legislature. We are statutorily obligated to appraise property based on Jan. 1 conditions.

San Jacinto County Appraisal District will mail notices of appraised value for all real property that had an increase on May 1. 2020 Appraisal Notices represent property values as of January 1, 2020 pursuant to Property Tax Code Section 23.01 (a). Any impact on property values caused by the COVID-19 health crisis will be reviewed for the 2021 property valuations. The tax code does not contain provisions to allow for reduced values for 2020 based on a situation such as the COVID-19 health crisis. There are currently no waivers or extensions pertaining to this year’s ad valorem appraisal process.

In past years, this office has offered an in-person informal review process after appraisal notices were mailed. For 2020, the property owner walk-in informal review process will be eliminated. For your protection as well as ours and to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, all informal reviews will be conducted online, by telephone or by email. Our office is now open and we will be following social distancing guidelines. Property owners who have questions or want to discuss the value placed on their property should contact the appraisal district office using one of the methods listed below. If you believe the proposed market value of your property is incorrect, contact the appraisal district prior to your deadline. We will consider all evidence submitted that could support a lower value.

It is important to call to our attention unusual facts about your property. Property owners should present conclusive evidence regarding the market value of their property. Such evidence consists of closing statements, listing agreements, estimates for repairs, and pictures.

Our goal is to treat all property owners in a fair and equitable manner; and this can best be accomplished when you provide evidence to us about your property as soon as possible. If you are not able to resolve your concerns informally, you may file your protest and be scheduled for a formal Appraisal Review Board (ARB) protest hearing.

 Formal ARB protest hearings may be held via telephone or by written affidavit, in person hearings will be schedule at a TBD later date. We encourage you, for your safety, to use the telephone conference call or hearing by written affidavit. Affidavits with evidence for a hearing by telephone conference call or a hearing by written affidavit must be notarized and submitted to the ARB before the hearing begins. You will receive a copy of the ARB’s Hearing Procedures along with a copy of the ARB’s Telephone Conference Call Guidelines which detail the steps related to a telephone conference hearing by mail with your hearing notice once a date and time for your hearing has been scheduled.

Phone: Call (936)653-1450 During regular business hours: 8-12 and 1-5, Monday-Friday. Your information will be taken by a Customer Service Representative, and your inquiry will be assigned to an appraiser.

Email: Sjcad@sjcad.org  Make sure to include the owner name, property address, contact number and Property ID# along with any supporting documentation/evidence as to why you feel the market value of your property is incorrect.

Mail: Protest forms may be submitted by mail to P.O. Box 1170, Coldspring TX 77331

Drop Box: Located on the front of the building at 99 Slade St, Coldspring TX 77331

Formal Protest filing options (make sure to file before the protest deadline)

DEADLINE FOR FILING PROTESTS WITH THE ARB: ON OR BEFORE MAY 15,2020

(OR 30 DAYS AFTER A NOTICE OF APPRAISED VALUE WAS MAILED TO YOU, WHICHEVER IS LATER).

 

 

Welcome to San Jacinto County Appraisal District!

 

This website is provided to assist you in learning more about our agency and how it can serve you. It is our goal to provide you with an understanding of how and why we operate as we do and how you can resolve any issue that may arise. We also hope that our users will find our website a source of useful information.

At this site you will find a great deal of information about property located in the SJCAD. We have attempted to make it as user-friendly as possible. However, if you know a few things about a property for which you are seeking information, you can expedite the search process. Account number is always the best tool to use when searching a file. You can find your account number on a tax statement you may have received from one of the entities taxing your property or on any Notice of Appraised Value that you may have received from our agency. If you do not have the account number, knowing the owner’s name or correct address will usually suffice in locating a property.

In addition to property appraisal information, you will also find pages that inform you about your taxpayer rights, exemptions, how to negotiate a value or exemption matter, important dates and other information. Located on our site are links to other local, state and national government sites.

Persons interested in employment with the SJCAD can find a list of open positions and information about our agency. Those seeking telephone numbers, mailing address and staff information can also find this data on our site.

We hope that you find our website both easy to use and informative. We will continue to improve it and solicit your input concerning how this might best be achieved.

The San Jacinto County Appraisal District is responsible for the fair market appraisal of properties within the county's boundaries.  Additional responsibilities include change of address and public information requests.

 

The duties of the appraisal district include:

  • The determination of market value of taxable property
  • The administration of exemptions and special valuations authorized by the local entities and the State of Texas
  • Tax rates and ultimately the amount of taxes levied on property are determined by governing bodies of each of the taxing authorities

 

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