Property Owners Should Soon Start Receiving Appraisal Notices for the 2022 Tax Year
You may soon receive an appraisal notice from the San Jacinto County Appraisal District. The appraisal district mailed about 24,000 appraisal notices on April 14, 2022. Your city, county, school district and other local taxing units will use the appraisal district’s value to set your 2022 property taxes.
Under Texas law, county appraisal districts are required to notify property owners about changes in their property’s value. The notice contains important information about the property’s location, ownership and property tax exemptions that apply to the property. It must also include an estimate of the taxes by local taxing units if your property value increased in the last year.
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 San Jacinto 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, a protest form and the Comptroller’s Property Taxpayer Remedies. The deadline for filing a protest with the ARB is May 16 or 30 days after your notice of appraised value was delivered to you.
The Comptroller’s publication, Property Taxpayer 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 options of taking your case to district court, the State Office of Administrative Hearings or binding arbitration if you are dissatisfied with the outcome of your ARB hearing.
Property Taxpayer Remedies is available from the San Jacinto County Appraisal District online at www.sjcad.org, or in the SJCAD office located at 99 Slade Street Coldspring, Texas 77331. The publication is also available on the Comptroller’s Property Tax Assistance Division’s website at comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/property-tax/. Please feel free to call 936-653-1450 with any questions.
March 17, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Texas Association of Appraisal Districts Issues Guidance
AUSTIN – Today the Texas Association of Appraisal Districts announced historic growth in Texas real
According to the association, regions around the state have seen increases in values between 20-50%
since last year. Alvin Lankford, president of the association and chief appraiser of Williamson
County said, “The Texas real estate market is growing as fast as we have ever seen it in the
state’s history. We have all seen the countless stories about people moving to Texas from other
states. This increase in population contributes to a shortage of homes available and to the
increase in prices paid for homes.”
Lankford added, “As a reminder, according to state law, appraisal districts are to appraise
property at its market value. In fact, we are regulated by the State of Texas to make sure we do
our jobs fairly and accurately. But, keep in mind, we are not responsible for setting the tax
rate. We follow the law, state regulations, and the reality of real estate market sales when
making our value determinations.”
In a state without a personal income tax, cities, counties, hospitals, school districts and
community colleges all rely heavily on property taxes. These same political subdivisions set the
tax rates that determine the amount of taxes paid by homeowners and businesses. The State of Texas
also benefits from property taxes to the tune of over $5.6 billion in a two-year budget cycle.
That’s 75% more than the state makes from the lottery. Also, in the most recent budget passed by
the legislature, the state assumed that property tax revenue collected (not appraised amounts)
would increase by 6% over a two-year period.
Lankford concluded with, “Considering for many of us our home is our largest investment, an
increase in market value can be considered a blessing. However, many people equate an increase in
market value to mean an equal increase in property taxes which is simply not the case. An
increase in property taxes is sometimes needed to keep the police and fire departments adequately
funded, along with our schools, hospitals, and other vital services for our communities.
However, the increase in what a person owes in property taxes is unlikely to be proportional to the
increase in home values. First, there is a cap of 10% on the amount the assessed value can go up
for properties with a homestead exemption. Second, caps limit how much additional revenue from
property taxes a taxing unit can collect without going to the voters for approval will limit the
increase in taxes. It has never been more important to have a homestead exemption and the
resulting 10% cap in assessed value than it is today.”
Texas A&M Real Estate Research Center information on Texas housing market as well as major
• Amarillo MSA up 13.78% year over year
• Austin-Round Rock MSA up 35.35% YoY
• Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington MSA up 23.55% YoY
• El Paso MSA up 14.40% YoY
• Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland MSA up 15.19% YoY
• San Antonio-New Braunfels MSA up 18.37% YoY
• Sherman-Denison MSA up 24.53% YoY
Updated Property Tax Information Now Available for Texas Taxpayers
New and updated property tax information has just been compiled by The San Jacinto County Appraisal District and is available now to assist taxpayers. This property tax information is current and covers a wide range of topics, such as taxpayer remedies, exemptions and appraisals, and has information for select groups, such as disabled veterans and persons age 65 or older.
“Whether you are a homeowner, business owner, disabled veteran or taxpayer, it’s important you know your rights concerning the property tax laws.” said Sherri Schell, Chief Appraiser of the San Jacinto County Appraisal District. “You can contact us about any property tax issues with full confidence that we will provide you the most complete, accurate and up-to-date information available to assist you.”
This includes information about the following programs.
• Property Tax Exemptions for Disabled Veterans - The law provides partial exemptions for any property owned by disabled veterans or surviving spouses and surviving children of deceased disabled veterans. Another partial exemption is for homesteads donated to disabled veterans by charitable organizations at no cost or not more than 50 percent of the good faith estimate of the homestead’s market value to disabled veterans and their surviving spouses. The exemption amount is determined according to percentage of service-connected disability. The law also provides a 100 percent homestead exemption for 100 percent disabled veterans and their surviving spouses and surviving spouses of U.S. armed service members killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.
• Property Tax Exemptions – Non-profit organizations that meet statutory requirements may seek property tax exemptions and must apply to their local appraisal district by a specific date. Businesses that receive tax abatements granted by taxing units; ship inventory out of Texas that may be eligible for the freeport exemption; store certain goods in transit in warehouses that are moved within 175 days; construct, install or acquire pollution control property; own and operate energy storage systems; convert landfill-generated gas; or store offshore drilling equipment while not in use may also be eligible for statutory exemptions.
• Rendering Taxable Property - If a business owns tangible personal property that is used to produce income, the business must file a rendition with its local appraisal district by a specified date. Personal property includes inventory and equipment used by a business. Owners do not have to render exempt property such as church property or an agriculture producer’s equipment used for farming.
• Appraisal Notices – Normally, taxpayers receive a notice of appraised value from the appropriate local appraisal district. The city, county, school districts and other local taxing units use the appraisal district’s value to set property taxes for the coming year.
• Property Taxpayer Remedies – This Comptroller publication explains in detail how to protest a property appraisal, what issues the county appraisal review board (ARB) can consider and what to expect during a protest hearing. The publication also discusses the option to request limited binding arbitration to compel the ARB or chief appraiser to comply with a procedural requirement and the options of taking a taxpayer’s case to district court, the State Office of Administrative Hearings or binding arbitration if the taxpayer is dissatisfied with the outcome of the ARB hearing.
• Homestead Exemptions – A homestead is generally defined as the home and land used as the owner’s principal residence on Jan. 1 of the tax year. A homestead exemption reduces the appraised value of the home and, as a result, lowers property taxes. Applications are submitted to the appropriate local appraisal district.
• Productivity Appraisal – Property owners who use land for timberland production, agricultural purposes or wildlife management can be granted property tax relief on their land. They may apply to their local appraisal district for an agricultural appraisal which may result in a lower appraisal of the land based on production, versus market value.
• Residence Homestead Tax Deferral - Texas homeowners may postpone paying the currently delinquent property taxes due on the appreciating value of their homes by filing a tax deferral affidavit at their local county appraisal district. This tax relief allows homeowners to pay the property taxes on 105 percent of the preceding year’s appraised value of their homestead, plus the taxes on any new improvements to the homestead. The deferral postpones the remaining taxes, with interest accruing at 8 percent per year but does not cancel them.
• Property Tax Deferral for Persons Age 65 or Older or Disabled or Disabled Veteran Homeowners – Texans who are age 65 or older or disabled, as defined by law, or who qualify for a disabled veteran exemption may postpone paying current and delinquent property taxes on their homes by signing a tax deferral affidavit. Once the affidavit is on file, taxes are deferred, but not cancelled, as long as the owner continues to own and live in the home. Interest continues to accrue at 5 percent per year on the unpaid taxes. You may obtain a deferral affidavit at the appraisal district.
• Notice of Availability of Electronic Communication – In appraisal districts located in counties with a population of more than 200,000 or that have authorized electronic communications, and that have implemented a system that allows such communications, chief appraisers and ARBs may communicate electronically through email or other media with property owners or their designated representatives. Written agreements are required for notices and other documents to be delivered electronically instead of mailing.
• Protesting Property Appraisal Values – Property owners who disagree with the appraisal district’s appraisal of their property for local taxes or for any other action that adversely affects them may protest their property value to the appraisal district’s ARB.
• Informal Meetings – Property owners can request an informal meeting with appraisal district staff to try and resolve their disputes prior to attending ARB hearings.
For more information about these programs, contact the San Jacinto County Appraisal District by telephone at 936-653-1450 or in office at 99 Slade Street Coldspring, Texas 77331 . Information is also available on the Comptroller’s Property Tax Assistance Division’s website at comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/property-tax/.
The duties of the appraisal district include:
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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.