Whether at the State Capitol or right here in Kerrville, it’s hard to get away from talk about property taxes. 

Amid a push by legislators to put a soft cap on property taxes (one likely offset by an increase in sales taxes), Kerr County residents have been speaking out about the increases many saw to the appraised value of their homes and properties this year. 

According to figures from the Kerr County Appraisal District, Kerr County saw an average increase of 9 percent. While the majority of parcels appraised this year stayed relatively the same (or even dropped in value) enough properties saw increases to create an overall rise in the value of Kerr County’s collective taxable property. 

In many ways, that’s a good thing — a sign that our area is desirable, and people are willing to pay top dollar to live here. And although KCAD is a separate entity from the city or county governments, these taxes go toward necessary and valuable services. 

But that’s scant relief to a homeowner facing the prospect of paying rising taxes, particularly when one considers that this year, many of Kerr County’s more modest properties saw the highest percentage increases. 

But there is some recourse for property owners to dispute a valuation — if they act quickly. 

Along with their new appraisals, property owners should also have received a protest form. 

The deadline to file a formal protest form is May 15. 

Property owners can visit the appraisal district office at 2112 Oak Hollow Drive in Kerrville or KCAD’s online dispute portal, which can be found at www.kerrcad.org, to learn more. 

You’ll also be able to ask appraisers about the information on file concerning your property and about the specific methods used in assessing its value.

Owners who proceed with a formal protest eventually will be notified of an informal hearing. This is where the majority of valuation protests are resolved. 

However, if all parties remain unsatisfied, the process typically will advance to a formal, Appraisal Review Board hearing. 

There, both property owners and appraisal district officials will have an opportunity to present evidence during the hearing, and owners have the right to inspect and obtain a copy of the data, schedules, formulas and any other information that the chief appraiser will use to support the district’s claim.

Property owners still dissatisfied after a formal hearing may appeal by filing a request for binding arbitration. 

And, as a last recourse, owners also have the right to appeal the board’s decision to a state district court in their county. 

Residents can visit the property tax section of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website, 

property-tax/ for more information.

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