www.BrazoriaCountyPropertyTaxTrends.com documents that Brazoria County Appraisal District has done an exception job in resolving property tax appeals with minimal time and cost for the tax payers. They resolve most prostests informally and have few lawsuits. The site has details on number of tax parcels, total market value, value by type of property, number of appeals, number of appraisal district staff, appraisal district budget and much more.
The market value of Brazoria County taxable property rose from $30 billion in 2014 to 49 billion in 2018. This is a 63% increase over 5 years; over 10% per year. These large increases are part of the impetus for Senate Bill 2, which caps taxes for school at 2.5% and cities / counties at 3.5% per year for existing property, plus the value of new construction.
Property tax savings from protest hearings at Brazoria County Appraisal District (BCAD) have increased sharply: from $10 million in 2012 versus 29 million in 2018. Commercial accounts were reduced $19 million in 2018 versus residential accounts for $9 million. There are more residential accounts protested but the commercial accounts have a higher value.
Brazoria County Appraisal District totaled 30,370 protests in 2018. This includes 18,570 residential and 11,800 commercial accounts. Residential accounts for 61% of the number of appeals but for 32% of the savings ($9 million out of $28 million in 2018).
Judicial appeals in Brazoria County have been minimal at Brazoria County Appraisal District. Judicial appeals ranged from 13 to 57 from 2012 to 2018, with no discernable trend up or down. Property tax savings in Brazoria County due to judicial appeals have been neglible.
The Brazoria County Appraisal District budget rose from $4.1 million in 2012 to $5.7 million in 2018, a 39% increase over 6 years. This averages 6.5% annual increase in BCAD budget.
The Brazoria County ARB remained at 7 from 2012 to 2018.
The number of appraisers has risen substantial; from 8 in 2013 to 22 in 2018. The number of appraisers more than doubled while the budget rose modestly.
2020 property tax deadline is May 15th; deadlines to protest are not extended due to Covid-19.
Visit www.BrazoriaCountyPropertyTaxTrends.com to learn more.
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