Property tax protest and appeal procedures announced by the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District protest hearings are set for May 9. The law gives property owners the right to protest actions concerning their property tax appraisals. Taxpayers may follow the appeal procedures if they have a concern about:
• The market or appraised value of their property;
• The unequal appraisal of their property;
• The inclusion of their property on the appraisal roll;
• Any exemptions that may apply to them;
• The qualification for an agricultural or timber appraisal;
• The taxable status of their property;
• The local governments that should be taxing their property;
•The ownership of the property;
• The change of use of land receiving special appraisal;
And any action taken by the chief appraiser, appraisal district or appraisal review board (ARB) that applies to and adversely affects them.
Property owners must file a written notice of protest before June 1, 2016, or within 30 days after the appraisal district mails the taxpayer a notice of appraised value, whichever is later. The Fort Bend Appraisal Review Board schedules a hearing and sends the protesting property owner written notice of the date, time and place of the hearing.
Before filing a formal protest and appearing before the Appraisal Review Board (ARB), taxpayers may informally review their property appraisal with a member of the FBCAD staff.
Those who cannot resolve their issue informally may have their case heard by the Fort Bend Appraisal Review Board.
The law contains specific timelines and procedures for both the owner and the ARB throughout the appraisal protest process. These are detailed in the state Comptroller’s publication, Property Taxpayer Remedies www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/proptax/.
Copies are available at the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District, 2801 B.F. Terry Blvd. Rosenberg, TX 77471-5600.
For more information, call 281-344-8623 or visit www.fbcad.org.