Topic: A Tax to Grind, Property Tax Appeals
Thursday, 26 May 2011 by David H. LeVan
When it comes to expressing ourselves to the local property tax assessor, it generally comes in the form of a property tax appeal and the expression is “my value is too high and here’s what I’d like it to be”. I am reminded of this fact as we sent out over 100 Texas appeals yesterday and will repeat that again today, and tomorrow. I’m not saying this is a bad thing – in fact, it’s a really good thing to challenge values that are too high.
Now, the other day a friend told me about a value that the assessor reduced by almost 25% without being asked or challenged. My friend had been considering challenging the value and the assessor beat him to the punch by lowering the value to a fair level (I know, it’s rare but it happens). In passing he mentioned that he might have to send the assessor a thank-you note. Made me wonder if assessors ever get thank-you notes. Have you ever considered sending one?