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As it is a property reappraisal year, Parker County Commissioners Court is aware of the frustration that goes hand in hand with the property tax reappraisal process.
Parker County works diligently to lower our tax rates to the effective rate. However if an individual’s property went up in value they may end up paying more in property taxes. Residents have a right to protest their property appraisals if they think their property is worth more or less than what the Appraisal District determines. The Appraisal District works closely with those residents who protest the valuation of their property to come to an agreement.
County Judge Pat Deen said he plans to hold town hall format meetings to work with the public on a better understanding of the appraisal process and to discuss the 2019-2020 budget and setting of the tax rate.
“I do want to make some points clear as it pertains to the reappraisal process all property owners in Parker County are going through,” Deen said. “With the new growth and higher land values, should come a decrease in the Parker County government’s total tax rate. My goal is to stay at or below the effective rate and provide the most efficient services possible. Out of the 254 counties in Texas we are proud to have one of the lowest rates in the state. The county’s tax rate only consumes about 16% of our residents total tax bill. Property owners also have to pay school taxes, Weatherford College taxes, hospital district taxes, ESD taxes and city taxes if you live in municipality that levies a property tax rate.”
County Commissioner Larry Walden said he finds it difficult to envision the appraised value of property increasing by values above 100 percent from one appraisal period to the next.
“That said I am aware of reports of that occurring in my precinct, and I would encourage any property owner with an increase that appears to be out of line to protest that with the appraisal district,” Walden said. “I am committed to all government operating on the tightest budget possible.”
Parker County has become a very popular place to live and with that demand for property, comes an increase in the value of land, according to Deen.
“At the end of the day, tax rates have to go down and we can manage the growth we are experiencing to assist in lowering those rates,” Deen said. “I can’t speak for any other entity but Parker County Commissioners Court will remain diligent in working to lower our rate and provide county services as efficiently as possible.”
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