You, the taxpayer, can play an effective role in the appraisal process if you know your rights, understand the remedies available to you and fulfill your responsibilities as a property owner and taxpayer.
Fulfill Your Responsibilities
- File a property rendition with the appraiser's office on or before March 15th of every year for personal property and on or before April 1st every year for oil and gas.
- Verify that the property you own is listed and described correctly on the tax records, along with your correct name and address.
- Follow the procedure prescribed by law at each level of the appeal process.
Know Your Rights
- You have the right to equal and uniform appraisal. Your value should be equitable to similar properties.
- You have the right to have your property taxed on it's fair market value or cost.
- Taxing districts must inform the public of proposed tax rate (mill levy) increases and give taxpayers time to comment on the proposed increases.
Understand Your Remedies
- You have the right to appeal the valuation of your property.
- You can speak at the budget hearings your officials conduct before adopting resolutions and/or setting the tax levy. These hearings are open to the public.