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Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia is concerned about homeowners who mistakenly call County offices to protest recent Appraisal District values of their properties.
“The Appraisal District is not a part of Hidalgo County government,” said Garcia. “It is its own entity created by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and governed by its own Board of Directors.”
Recent notices that raised the appraised value of homes in Hidalgo County have some property owners calling county government offices, such as the Hidalgo County Judge’s Office, which has no authority over the Appraisal District.
In 1979, the Texas legislature created appraisal districts in each county. One of the primary roles of these districts is to annually determine the market value of all properties within county boundaries. Once established, these values are certified to the Tax Assessor and Collector for each taxing jurisdiction in the form of an appraisal roll. The taxing jurisdictions then use the appraisal rolls to calculate tax bills to be sent to property owners.
Appraisal Districts are administered by a chief appraiser. The Tax Code requires the chief appraiser to send notices of appraised value. If a property owner disagrees with this value, the property owner has until May 31 or 30 days from the date the notice was mailed (whichever is later) to file a protest with the Appraisal Review Board (ARB).
The notice that property owners received includes a protest form and information about how and when to file a protest with the ARB if the property owner disagrees with the appraisal district’s actions.
Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Appraisal District office. The office is located at 4405 S. Professional Dr. in Edinburg. The telephone number is (956)381-8466 or (956) 565-2461. Residents may also visit the Appraisal District web site at the link below.