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New Harris County Property Appraisals Are In And Many Homeowners Won’t Like It

If you live in Harris County and own a home or business, you may have gotten an appraisal notice in the mail recently. Those who are not planning on selling their house anytime soon, probably don’t like the news.

Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan
Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan 

 

The Harris County Appraisal District sends out property appraisal notices every year around this time. The notice tells you the value of your property in 2014.

Overall, home values rose by more than 15 percent last year.

Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan said whether this is good news or bad news for you depends on what you’re planning on doing with your house.

“Someone like myself who plans on staying in their home as long as I can or as long as I’m alive, I’m not excited about my values continuing to go up because the effect is that I’ll be paying more in taxes,” Sullivan said. “If I wanted to sell my home, I might be interested in a higher value.”

If you don’t agree with the appraisal, you do have options.

“Protesting is very easy,” Sullivan said. “You have three methods: You can protest online off of HCAD’s website, or you can go out to their office off of (Highway) 290, or you can hire a property tax consultant.”

There is a 30 day protest window after receipt of the notice.

Sullivan also pointed that there are several exemptions homeowners can take advantage of.

The most common is the homestead exemption, which most every homeowner is eligible for. That will lower your tax burden a good amount. But, you have to apply for it first.

“We have found instances where people have lived in a home for 10, 15, 20 years and have never had a homestead exemption because they didn’t know they were entitled to it,” Sullivan said.

There are additional tax exemptions for people over 65, those with disabilities and disabled veterans.

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