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Posted on: April 22, 2019

PARKER COUNTY TO HOLD TOWN HALL MEETINGS ON PUBLIC EDUCATION OF APPRAISAL PROCESS

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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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Protesting Your Property Value Appraisal

What to Do and How to Do It


  • Parker County Government is not the entity that appraises and sets values on property within Parker County.

  • The Parker County Appraisal District, a separate entity, appraises property values, sends out property tax bills and collects property taxes for all of the taxing entities in Parker County.

  • Each taxing entity sets a tax rate that impacts your final tax bill.

  • The Parker County Appraisal District is located at 1108 Santa Fe Dr. in Weatherford and can be reached by phone at 817-596-0077.

  • If you feel that your property has been valued incorrectly, you must file a written notice of protest with the Appraisal Review Board (ARB) before May 15. The form can also be delivered in person. The form is available on the PCAD web site.

  • You can also file an online protest through the appraisal district’s web site. To do so click on the link provided on the site and follow these steps: 1. Search account to be protested by name, account, etc. 2. Once you have found your property click on the View Property link on the left side. 3. Click on the File Notice of Protest for this Property link, located on the upper right portion of the page. 4. Follow through prompts.

  • After filing your protest, you will receive written notice of the date, time and place for a formal hearing with the ARB. At the formal hearing, the ARB listens to both the taxpayer and the chief appraiser. You may discuss your objections about your property value, exemptions and special appraisal in a hearing with the ARB. Most appraisal districts, however, will informally review your protest with you and try to resolve your concerns prior to a hearing. Check with the Parker County Appraisal District for details.

  • Once the ARB rules on a protest, it sends a written order by certified mail. If you are dissatisfied with the ARB’s findings, you have the right to appeal the decision to District Court. Before filing an appeal with District Court, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts advises consulting with an attorney to determine if the case has merit. If you go ahead with appealing through District Court, you must file your petition for review with the District Court within 60 days of receiving the notice of determination from the ARB. You also must make a partial payment of taxes usually the amount of taxes that are not in dispute, before the delinquency date. For more information visit the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Appraisal Protests and Appeals web page.


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