Deadline draws near to appeal Fort Bend property tax appraisals
By Elsa Maxey
A well known consultant representing taxpayers on property tax appraisals lists “the government needs the money more than I do” as the top reason for not challenging an appraisal. Whether you’re going to do it or not is up to you, but the deadline to file a protest in Fort Bend County with the Fort Bend County Appraisal District is at the end of the month. Keep in mind that there’s the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 27, and the offices will be closed that day. So, if you intend to do it, the clock is ticking.
As for the government needing the money, it’s been said that if your house is worth $150,000 and the assessed value goes up by 10 percent, that would mean a $450 increase in property taxes. Imagine what else the local government entities could do if everyone contributed on the average an extra $450 in property taxes this upcoming year!
In other cases, one could argue along the same lines if an assessment remained the same and the property tax rates of the taxing entities, such as a city, municipal utility district, school district, etc., went up instead. That is what local taxing bodies do in this area. To fund x, y, and/or z, a property tax rate goes up. But, before that, there are public hearings.
As for the appraisal district, one of the more salient reasons to appeal has to do with exercising the option to appeal on unequal appraisals. A house could be assessed below market value but assessed unfairly compared to nearby houses, reveals one consulting source.
Remember, at this time through May 31st, one can still file an appeal online, by mail filing a notice to protest to the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District, 2801 B.F. Terry Boulevard in Rosenberg, or in person by submitting a completed notice of protest to be filed in the Rosenberg office…and if you protest, just know there won’t be stealth-like helicopters hovering over you house. That’s really a myth!
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