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Bell County Tax Appraisal District

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Bell County Tax Appraisal District’s (CAD) formal and informal hearing results are displayed below:

  • The Bell County Tax Appraisal District saved more money overall in 2022 ($18 million) than it did in 2021 ($13 million) in property taxes. Bell County property owners protested the taxable value of 22,450 accounts in 2022.
  • In Bell County, 67% of informal property tax protests and 71% of those filed with the Appraisal Review Board (ARB) were successful. Homeowners saved $2.49 million at Bell Central Appraisal District (CAD) in informal protests and $2.03 million in ARB property tax protests.
  • For Bell County, the Percent of Informal Hearings Resulting in a Reduction for Commercial Protests steadily increased from 2014 until 2020 when over 76% resulted in reduction. By 2022 the number of commercial protests ending with lower property value was at 61%.
  • In Bell County, the percentage of Parcels Protested was at a low in 2018 with 2% but has consistently increased in 2022 with more than 12%.

Property owners select O’Connor to represent them in property tax protests more often than any other firm because: 

  • Every possible means of reducing your property taxes is understood and utilized by O’Connor.  We regularly use binding arbitration and O’Connor pays the deposit, which may not be returned depending on the hearing results.
  • O’Connor has built relationships with appraisal district staff during the last 30 years while conducting literally millions of property tax appeals.
  • While relationships are important, so is having credible evidence. Proprietary software and databases with over 50 million sales format evidence partially based on the appraisal districts thinking on evaluating evidence.
  • O’Connor has the experience and expertise necessary to assemble uneven appraisal data and sales to satisfy the guidelines set by the Bell County ARB and Bell County CAD.


Graphs

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Property Taxes vs CPI

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CAD Operations Stats

Bell County Tax Appraisal Distric CAD

About CAD

  • County: Bell
  • Street Address: 411 E. Central Ave. Belton, TX 76513-3241
  • Mailing Address: P.O Box 390 Belton, TX 76513-0390
  • Phone: 254-939-5841
  • Website: www.bellcad.org

Bell County Appraisal District

Major Cities: Clarksville City, Easton, Gladewater, Kilgore, Lakeport, Liberty City, Longview, Warren City, White Oak

Bell County Texas totals 1,088 square miles, with a 2020 population of about 370,647. Adjacent counties include McLennan, Falls, Milam, Williamson, Burnet, Lampasas, Coryell. The total market value of real property and personal property in Bell County in 2020 was $30,000,000,000. Bell County 2020 property taxes are estimated to total $489,300,000 million based on an effective tax rate of 2.4% including homestead exemptions. Bell County property owners protested the noticed value for 6,970 houses and 12,760 commercial and BPP properties. Bell County Appraisal Review Board appeals were successful for 72% of the owners. Property owner property tax protests in Bell County results in savings of $435,000,000 million in 2020, or $22,047 per account protested. The 2020 budget for the Bell was $3,660,000 including 42 employees.

Average Property Tax Savings from Protesting (Informal + Formal)

  • Residential Property $343
  • Commercial Property $1,966


August 2023

Bell County property owners gained tax savings of around $868,935 through informal hearings and $2 million as a result of Appraisal Review Board hearings, for an estimated total tax savings of $2.8 million in 2021.

July 2023

In 2021, The Bell County Tax Appraisal District ARB hearings resulted in a total of $80 million in value reductions, leading to a property tax saving for the year estimated at around $2 million.

June 2023

The Bell County Tax Appraisal District reduced assessed value through informal hearing settlements by $34.7 million in 2021. This generated property tax savings of approximately $868,935.

May 2023

1,410 of 3,099 accounts resolved informally at the Bell County Tax Appraisal District successfully achieved a reduction in value. That is equal to 45% of the informal settlements for 2021.

April 2023

In Bell County, 25% of the total market value or $8 billion was protested in 2021 by Bell County property owners in 2021. 17,381 property tax protests together make up this value protested.

March 2023

Bell County Tax Appraisal District lists the total market value for all property types certified in 2021 as $34 billion. 54% of the total market value is single-family residential property, at a total market value of $18 billion.

February 2023

The Bell County Tax Appraisal District spent approximately $21 per tax parcel in 2021. They list the total number of parcels in the appraisal district at 176,014 and the total budget for the appraisal district was $3.7 million.

January 2023

Bell County Tax Appraisal District estimates the value of land, houses, commercial, multifamily, industrial, utilities and personal property at $34 billion for 2021. Bell County property taxes total $841 million annually based on these property tax assessments by Bell CAD.

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