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You Can Protest Property Valuation

My family's Burnet County Appraisal District (BCAD) property tax valuation basis statement (the appraised value of your property) arrived in the mail recently. Has yours? Property values have gone crazy lately, so taxes will follow. However, you can protest the appraisal district value if you do so by May 15 or 30 days after your notice is delivered to you, whichever is later.

This is not to be considered legal advice on how you should proceed in your specific situation. This is just information about your right to protest if you choose to do so.

The comptroller's office has the rules for appraisal protests. Or, if you prefer, you can get the necessary protest forms from the Burnet County Appraisal District.

An alternative is to file a protest after you receive your tax bill in October. You could fill out a Property Owner’s Affidavit of Evidence to serve as your proxy, since you really don’t have to attend your hearing. Then, you could send a request for their evidence to be used against you 14 days or more before your scheduled hearing (the earlier the better).

Of course, there are lots of details you will learn about the first time around. But maybe this is the year to start.

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