Everything you need to know about appraisal districts

Published by Research Editor on January 26th, 2013 - in Protest, Taxes, The Basics


What is an appraisal district?

The appraisal district sets the value of your property each year. Namely, they appraise your property and decide how valuable it is.

The chief appraiser is the head honcho and operates the appraisal office.

What is the appraisal review board (ARB)?

This is a board of citizens that listens to disagreements between property owners and the appraisal district regarding the property’s value.

Is a taxing district the same thing as an appraisal district?

Not at all. The taxing district–like your city or school district–will set the rates of your taxes. The appraisal district decides how much your home is worth.

For example, let’s say your home and property are worth $150,000 and you pay 2% taxes to the school district and 0.5% taxes to your city. The appraisal district was the one to determine that your house was worth $150,000. The taxing district determined (and will use) the 2% or 0.5% taxes.

Can I protest the appraisal district’s decisions?

Yes, of course! If your house has been appraised incorrectly, you should definitely protest. Visit our Protesting Property Taxes Series for an outline on how to proceed.

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