2021 Informal Protest Procedures
Understanding Informal Hearing Procedures
Bastrop Central Appraisal District strives to keep the public informed of the latest information about the Informal Hearing procedures.
Your property value is important to us. We would like the opportunity to informally discuss any questions or concerns you may have about your notice of appraised value.
About the Appraisal – The appraisal district is required to appraise property at market value as of January 1st each year. The appraisal district has applied generally accepted mass appraisal methods and techniques based upon the individual characteristics that affect the market value of your property.
You will be notified of your informal appointment date by letter.
During the informal meeting, the appraisal staff member will review the property and evidence supplied by the property owner. The appraisal staff may or may not change the Value.
You may choose one of two options as the result of the informal meeting:
If you and the appraisal staff reach an agreement, you will finalize the property value by signing a settlement and waiver agreement.
If you and the appraisal staff are unable to reach an agreement, you will be scheduled for a Formal Hearing with the Appraisal Review Board that will be scheduled for a later date. You will be notified of your appointment date and time by mail.
Documents that may help your protest:
Real Property – Documents that may help determine property value include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Agricultural history documentation
- Fee appraisals – July 1, 2020 to current
- Income and expense statements
- Photographs of property
- Recent engineer’s reports or professional
cost to cure estimates
- Recorded warranty deed documentation
- Sale or purchase contracts – July 1, 2020 to current
- Sales of similar properties – July 1, 2020 to current
- Settlement statements – July 1, 2020 to current
- Survey plat
Business Personal Property – Please provide evidence regarding your business such as an asset listing with cost and year acquired, IRS forms such as depreciation schedule, balance sheets with inventory information, income and expense statements. These types of evidence will be helpful in determining the market value of your property.
“To provide quality service with the highest principles of integrity, professionalism, and respect. We will uphold these standards while providing an accurate, fair, and cost-effective appraisal roll for use in property tax assessment, while adhering to the property tax laws of the State of Texas.”