The Appraisal Review Board (ARB) is a group of citizens who have been appointed by the Local Administrative Judge to hear appeals of property owners in Bastrop County. Members of the ARB must have lived in the county for at least two years. ARB members serve two-year staggered terms. At this time there are no term limits.
The ARB presides over the formal hearings during the appeals process, determining the market value of the property in question based on information presented to them by the property owner (or the owner’s agent) and the Appraisal District representative.
“The Appraisal Review Board (ARB) is a group of impartial citizens that serve as the judicial part of the protest system. The ARB is a separate and independent body from the Bastrop Central Appraisal District and serves a different function. The ARB hears and resolves disputes over appraisal matters based on evidence provided by both the taxpayer and the Appraisal District. While this is a broad and important responsibility, the ARB must be sensitive to its legal and practical limits while adhering to Texas Property Tax Codes. The ARB has authority over matters submitted to it and has no role in the day to day operations of the appraisal office or in appraising property. Except where it is deciding a taxpayer protest, the ARB has no authority to change a value or change the appraisal records directly.”
ARB Time to Serve
Typically the Bastrop County Appraisal Review Board convenes the first part of June each year. Hearings are scheduled throughout June and July. Hearings start at 8:45 and conclude typically around 4:30 or until all protests scheduled to be heard have been. A break for lunch between the morning and afternoon docket is typically an hour, provided the morning session concluded timely. Additional days to conduct formal protests may be required to meet the July 20th deadline to approve at least 95% of the records for certification. Formal protests may be needed after the July 20th deadline and are scheduled on an as needed basis.
If you have an interest in becoming a member of the Appraisal Review Board, please contact Lynn Howell, P.O. Box 578, Bastrop, TX 78602 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
ARB Policy & Procedures
Current ARB Members
Bastrop County Appraisal Review Board
c/o Bastrop Central Appraisal District
212 Jackson Street; PO Box 578
Bastrop, TX 78602