San Jacinto County Appraisal District
Property Owners Should Soon Start Receiving Appraisal Notices for the 2021 Tax Year
You may soon receive an appraisal notice from the San Jacinto County Appraisal District. The appraisal district mailed about 21,000 appraisal notices on April 23, 2021. Your city, county, school district and other local taxing units will use the appraisal district’s value to set your 2021 property taxes. If you do not receive a notice, your deadline to protest is May 15th.
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 15 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.
Did Your Property Sustain Damage During the February 2021 Winter Storm Uri?
You may qualify for a new property tax exemption.
In an area declared a disaster area by the Governor, Tax Code Section 11.35 allows a qualified property that is at least 15 percent damaged by a disaster to receive a temporary exemption of a portion of the appraised value of the property. A property owner must apply for the temporary exemption and the deadline for application is 105 days after the governor declares a disaster area. As it applies to Winter Storm Uri, Governor Abbott declared the entire state of Texas a disaster area on February 12, 2021 so this exemption applies to all counties in Texas. The deadline for filing the application for exemption is May 28, 2021.
The exemption applies only to qualified property. Qualified property includes:
• Tangible business personal property used for income production if the owner filed a 2021 rendition;
• An improvement to real property, which would include residential buildings (homes), commercial buildings (businesses), industrial buildings (manufacturing), multi-family buildings (apartments), and other real property buildings; and
• certain manufactured homes used as a dwelling.
The appraisal district determines if the property qualifies for the temporary exemption and assigns a damage assessment rating of Level I, II, III or IV based upon available information. The district may rely on information from a county emergency management authority, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or other appropriate sources like insurance adjusters or repair estimates when making this determination.
Level Damage Assessment Damage Description Exemption Percentage
I 15% < 30% Minimal, may continue to be used as intended 15%
II 30% < 60% Nonstructural damage and waterline <18" above floor if flooded. 30%
III 60% < 100% Significant structural damage and waterline 18"+ above floor if flooded 60%
IV 100% Total loss; repair is not feasible 100%
The amount of the exemption is determined by multiplying the building (note: this is the value for the structure only, land is not qualified property and land value is not included in the calculations) or personal property value, as applicable, by the exemption percentage based on the damage assessment level and is then multiplied by a proration factor (the number of days remaining in the tax year after the date the governor declares the disaster is divided by 365).
The proration factor for this disaster is 0.88 (322/365 = 0.88).
Sample disaster exemption calculation:
A $100,000 house (structure value only) received $20,000 in damage from burst pipes that resulted in nonstructural damage.
$20,000 Damage / $100,000 House value = 20%. Damage assessment level is Level 1
$100,000 House Value times 15% exemption percentage = $15,000
$15,000 times proration factor 0.88 = $13,200 exemption amount reducing the taxable value for 2021
The appraisal district must send written notice of the approval, modification, or denial of the application to the
applicant. The temporary disaster area exemption expires on Jan. 1 of the first tax year in which the property is
The deadline for filing the 2021 Temporary Disaster Exemption application is May 28, 2021.
Click here for a copy of the application, form 50-312.
You can mail your application to the
San Jacinto County Appraisal District, PO Box 1170 Coldspring TX 77331 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The duties of the appraisal district include:
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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.