Property Tax Protection Program

How the Judicial Appeals Were ResolvedSource: Texas Comptroller, compiled by O’Connor, and not affiliated with any appraisal district.

Judicial Appeals
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Number of Judicial Appeals Resloaved 3 2 4 4 9 8
By Agreed Judgment 2 2 3 9 8
By Court Judgment or Other 1 1 4

Texas property owners should protest annually since An annual appeal is an insurance policy to avoid major increases.

Hays County Judicial Appeal Resolutions

Hays County Appraisal District judicial appeals are mostly resolve by settlement. The amount of market value subject to judicial appeals and the assessment reduction from judicial appeals are in the second and third graphs. The fourth graph shows actual tax savings by year by property type.

Hays CAD Judicial Appeal Resolution Summary

Hays County Appraisal district judicial appeals are almost all resolved agreement. Less than 1 in 100 go to trial. Roughly 95% of Hays County property tax judicial appeals are settled by agreement.

Appraised Value (ARB) of Resolved Judicial AppealsSource: Texas Comptroller, compiled by O’Connor, and not affiliated with any appraisal district.

Billions of $
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Appraised Value (ARB) 0.0015 0.0185 0.1333 0.1944 0.1759

Texas property owners should protest annually since To maintain their rights to appeal to or through the judicial appeal process. Owners must exhaust administrative options to pursue binding arbitration or a judicial appeal

Appraised Value (ARB) of Resolved Judicial Appeals

Hays County Appraisal District has substantial market value subject to a judicial appeal. For most counties, the amount of accounts with judicial appeals is in the hundreds of million or tens of billions. While the number of cases is small, the total dollars at stake are large. This graph shows the value of accounts resolved by year in judicial appeals by Hays County Appraisal District.

Value Reduction from Judicial AppealsSource: Texas Comptroller, compiled by O’Connor, and not affiliated with any appraisal district.

Billions of $
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Total Reduction from Judicial Appeals 0.0022 0.0063 0.0122 0.0168
Single Family
Multi-Family 0.0022 0.0063 0.0166
Commercial 0.0002
All Other 0.0122

Texas property owners should protest annually since It is a responsibility of ownership. Large commercial owners generally appeal annually and obtain a reduction. Why should homeowners be excluded?

Hays County Taxpayer Value Reduction
from Judicial Appeals

Hays County property owners are often able to further reduce the ARB value by about 10% with a judicial appeal. The total amount Hays County and other property owners are able to reduce taxable values is large: $23 billion in 2018.

Tax Savings From Judicial AppealsSource: Texas Comptroller, compiled by O’Connor, and not affiliated with any appraisal district.

Millions of $
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Total Tax Reduction 0.0122
Single Family 0.0006
Multi-Family 0.0582 0.17 0.4469
Commercial 0.0012 0.0048
All Other 0.3301

Texas property owners should protest annually since The appraisal district uses inaccurate data, factors and an inaccurate model to estimate values. Half are too high and half too low; very few are just right. Even if you are under-valued on market value, you can appeal on unequal appraisal.

Hays CAD Property Tax Reduction from Judicial Appeals

Texas property owners saved and estimated $621 million in property taxes in 2018 as a result of judicial appeals. This amount is expected to increase due to more aggressive assessment by appraisal districts and their decision not to consider unequal appraisal informally or at the ARB. The amount of reduction varies by county. While large savings from judicial appeals sounds good, $0 savings at the county level may be better. It would be an indication they are working with property owners informally to resolve disputes. Whenever possible, it is better to resolve disputes as early as possible.

Texas appraisal districts range from informal settlement rates with O’Connor of 0 to 10% up to perhaps 97% for one county. The Texas Tax Code is consistent throughout the state. However, each appraisal district is a separate fiefdom, accountable to no one except the tax entities for whom it values property.

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