May 15, 2024 - News

🏠 Last call for property value protests

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Illustration: Natalie Peeples/Axios

Today is the deadline in Central Texas counties to file a protest to your home's 2024 appraised value.

Why it matters: Because Texas doesn't have a state income tax, property taxes help to fill the gap by funding public programs such as schools, road repairs and law enforcement.

  • They're also a dreaded expense for property owners. Median property taxes in Texas rose 26% between 2019 and 2023.

State of play: The Travis, Williamson and Hays appraisal districts say today is the deadline to submit a protest, or 30 days since a notice of appraisal was mailed, whichever date is later.

Zoom in: The Travis Central Appraisal District received 180,000 challenges to property valuations last year, Cynthia Martinez, the district's chief strategy officer, tells Axios.

How it works: Most counties let you file a protest online or a physical form sent to their appraisal review board.

  • Property owners can provide supporting documents, such as a bank appraisal, repair estimates and photos, with their protest.

Follow the money: Some homeowners hire a company to protest their property value on their behalf. The company keeps a cut if it's able to lower the value, and in turn lower the taxes for the year.

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