2012 APPRAISAL NOTICES TO BE DELIVERED SOON
Cameron Appraisal District will be mailing 2012 Notices of Appraised Value on May 1. Under state law, local appraisal districts are required to notify property owners about changes in their appraisal. However, not everyone is entitled to receive an Appraisal Notice. Texas law requires appraisal notices to be delivered only in certain situations, such as where the appraised value of the property is higher than in the prior year, the property value is higher than the value rendered by the owner, the property was not on the appraisal roll in the prior year, or the ownership of the property changed during the prior year.
Cameron Appraisal District normally delivers Notices of Appraised Value to all property owners, however, for 2012 the Notices will be delivered only to those property owners entitled to receive them by law. Appraisal notices are not required to be delivered if the property value increases by $1000 or less. The notices will contain important information about the property, such as its description, ownership, any applicable exemptions or special valuations, the taxing units in which it is located, and the estimated amount of 2012 tax that will be assessed based on the appraisal.
Property owners who disagree with the appraisal district’s determination of value or other decisions that affect the appraisal may file a protest with the Cameron Appraisal Review Board. The Review Board will make an independent decision as to the correct appraised value. The Notice of Appraised Value will contain instructions and deadlines for owners who wish to protest their appraisal. The Texas Comptroller’s Property Tax Division publication, Property Taxpayer Remedies, explains in detail how to protest your property appraisal, what issues the Appraisal Review Board can consider and what to expect during a protest hearing. The publication also discusses the option of taking your case to court or entering into binding arbitration if you are dissatisfied with the outcome of your Appraisal Review Board hearing. The publication is available on the Comptroller’s website, www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/proptax/, or by calling the Comptroller’s Property Tax Assistance Division at 1-800-252-9121; press “2” to access the menu and then press “1”) to contact the Information Services Team.
For more information, contact the Cameron Appraisal District located at 2021 Amistad Drive, San Benito, TX 78586, at (956) 399-9322, (956) 428-8020 or (956) 541-3365; or visit their website, www.cameroncad.org.