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WCAD 2018 Property Tax Protests

Williamson County Appraisal District received property tax appeals for a total of 58,040 real property and BPP accounts in 2018 versus 55,490 in 2017. The volume of property tax protests in Williamson County has been increasing during the last 3 years. The 2016 property tax protest count was for 18,410 commercial/industrial / other properties and 39,630 for houses (31.71% commercial vs 68.28% houses). The volume of Williamson County protests for houses has risen 23.8% in the last two years while the volume of commercial has risen 6.75%. The total value of Williamson County property protested in 2018 was $23.88 billion, including $7.64 billion for houses and $16.24 billion for commercial/other. The total property value in Williamson County rose 55.31% in the last two years. The value of houses increased 31.72% and the value of commercials rose 45.91% during the last two years. Williamson County Appraisal Review Board (ARB) conducted 2,000 ARB hearings while Williamson County Appraisal District coordinated 2,109 hearings. The number of Williamson County informal settlements for houses rose from 22,070 in 2016 to 38,080 in 2018. Informal settlements for commercial rose from 12,610 in 2016 to 17,420 in 2018. The property tax savings were massive, a total of $39.04 million for all types of property at both the informal hearings and the formal / ARB hearings (estimate based on no exemptions and 2.7% tax rate.) Informal protests were successful for 47.31% of Williamson County property owners in 2018 while owners were successful for 84% of ARB appeals.

Williamson County Appraisal District Property Tax Protest Summary

WCAD Tax protests filed for 2018 Number of Protests
Total Number Property Tax Protests 58,035
Number Single Family Property Tax Protests 39,629
Number Multifamily / Apartment Property Tax Protests 1,598
Number Commercial Property Tax Protests 3,651
Number Business Personal Property Property Tax Protests 1,482
Number Industrial Real Property Property Tax Protests 154
Number Industrial Personal Property Property Tax Protests 125
Number Utility Property Tax Protests 670
Number Oil & Gas Property Tax Protests 2
Number Other Property Tax Protests 10,724
WCAD Appraised Value for property tax protests 2018 Appraised Value
Total $ Value Protested $23,884,432,544
$ Value Single Family (Homes, Condo, Townhome) Protested $7,641,323,389
$ Value Multifamily/Apartment Protested $4,640,646,723
$ Value Commercial Real and Personal Protested $9,333,905,146
$ Value Industrial Real and Personal Protested $459,876,296
$ Value Utilities Protested $729,740,221
$ Value Oil & Gas Protested $0
$ Value Other Protested $1,078,940,769
WCAD 2018 Number of Protest Hearings No. of Hearings
Appraisal Review Board Protests Scheduled 39,230
WCAD total number of concerns, inquiries or protests filed in 2018 resolved through informal processes No. Informally Resolved
Informal Property Tax Protest Process 55,501
# of Houses Resolved at Informal Protest 38,082
Informal Property Tax Protest with Reduction 26,257
WCAD Value reduction resolved though informal process in 2018 Value Reduction
$ Value of Houses Resolved at Informal Protest 346,013,338
$ Value of Other Accounts Resolved at Informal Protest $857,350,728
WCAD 2018 protests that resulted in an ARB written determination Written Determinations
# of Appraisal Review Board Property Tax ProtestHearings 2,109
# of Property Tax Protest Hearings for Houses (ARB) 1,332
# of Property Tax Protest Hearings for All Other Properties (ARB) 777
# Houses with Reduction at ARB Protest Hearing 1,564
WCAD 2018 protests that resulted in an ARB written determination $ Reduction
$ Reduction All Properties at ARB Protest Hearing $242,672,547
$ Reduction Houses at ARB Protest Hearing $29,374,050
$ Reduction All Other Properties at ARB Protest Hearing $213,298,497
# of Binding Arbitration Cases Filed 65

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