Houston Matters

Why Do Corporations Sue Appraisal Districts?

The Harris County Appraisal District got in a tussle recently with Exxon Mobil over property taxes at their Spring Campus. HCAD put a valuation of about one billion dollars on the property, but Exxon feels that’s not an accurate reflection of their value. Such disputes are not unusual. The larger the corporation, the more property […]


The Harris County Appraisal District got in a tussle recently with Exxon Mobil over property taxes at their Spring Campus. HCAD put a valuation of about one billion dollars on the property, but Exxon feels that’s not an accurate reflection of their value. Such disputes are not unusual. The larger the corporation, the more property they tend to own. The more property, the larger the tax valuation. The larger the valuation, the more taxes the corporation pays. So large companies have every motivation to challenge tax valuations – in court, if necessary. We talk more about such cases with Kenric Ward, a reporter with texaswatchdog.org, a Houston-based nonprofit reporting site covering state and local government issues.

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