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Cameron Appraisal District

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

  • The overall property tax savings for the Cameron Appraisal District in 2022—$7 million—is more than the total savings in 2021—$9 million. Property owners in Cameron County protested 14,870 accounts’ taxable value in 2022.
  • 43% of informal and 46% of Appraisal Review Board (ARB) property tax challenges in Cameron County were successful. Homeowners saved $0.99 million at Cameron CAD in informal protests and $0.43 million in ARB property tax protests.
  • In Cameron County, the Percent of Informal Hearings Resulting in a Reduction for Single Family Home Protests experienced a drop in 2017 with 51% but increased in 2022 with 58%.
  • The percentage of Parcels Protested in Cameron County has been steadily decreasing and increasing between 2019 and 2020 but has increased constantly since 2021 with 6%.

O’Connor is selected as the property tax consultant more often than any other company in Texas because:

  • We believe O’Connor is more aggressive in effecting property tax reduction at each level of appeal.  All appeal options are utilized including informal, ARB hearing, binding arbitration, SOAH and coordinating judicial appeals.
  • O’Connor has spent years developing relationships with Cameron CAD staff and well understands the information needed to win your property tax appeal. 
  • You benefit from the millions of Texas property tax appeals completed by O’Connor, using comparable sales data and unequal appraisal data uniquely processed by our proprietary software.  The hearing evidence file often totals 50 to 100 pages. 
  • Our experience has allowed us to compile sales and unequal appraisal data consistent with the format expected by the Cameron CAD and the Cameron County ARB.


Graphs

Disclaimer: O’Connor is a property tax consultant and is not affiliated with any appraisal district. Data for graphs provided by Texas comptroller.

Property Taxes vs CPI

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CAD Operations Stats

Cameron County Appraisal District CAD

About CAD

  • County: Cameron
  • Street Address: 2021 Amistad Dr. San Benito. TX 78586-2657
  • Mailing Address: P.O Box 1010 San Benito, TX 78586-1010
  • Phone: 956-399-9322
  • Website: www.cameroncad.org

Cameron County Appraisal District

Major Cities: Brownsville, Combes, Harlingen, La Feria, Laguna Heights, Laureles, Los Fresnos, Port Isabel, Primera, Rio Hondo, San Benito, South Padre Island

Cameron County Texas totals 1,276 square miles, with a 2020 population of about 421,017. Adjacent counties include Willacy, Gulf of Mexico, Matamoros Municipality, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Hidalgo County. The total market value of real property and personal property in Cameron County in 2020 was $26,000,000,000. Cameron County 2020 property taxes are estimated to total $446,800,000 million based on an effective tax rate of 2.4% including homestead exemptions. Cameron County property owners protested the noticed value for 4,900 houses and 7,900 commercial and BPP properties. Cameron County Appraisal Review Board appeals were successful for 50% of the owners. Property owner property tax protests in Cameron County results in savings of $253,000,000 million in 2020, or $19,765 per account protested. The 2020 budget for the Cameron was $5,580,000 including 65 employees.

Average Property Tax Savings from Protesting (Informal + Formal)

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


August 2023

In 2021, the Cameron Appraisal District informal hearings resulted in an estimated tax savings of $6.4 million and ARB hearings resulted in an estimated tax savings of $2.2 million, for a total of $8.7 million property tax savings.

July 2023

Protests at the Cameron County Appraisal Review Board in 2021 generated an estimated property tax savings of $2.3 million, based on the tax assessment reduction of $91 million granted by the Cameron Appraisal District ARB hearings.

June 2023

In 2021, the value reduction achieved at informal hearings at the Cameron Appraisal District was equal to $257 million, which provided a property tax savings of around $6.4 million.

May 2023

In 2021, according to the Texas Comptroller’s data, 6,745 accounts in Cameron County were resolved informally. 41% of the informal settlements at the Cameron Appraisal District, or 2,744 of these resulted in a reduction.

April 2023

The Cameron Appraisal District has recorded 11,853 property tax protests filed to the Appraisal Review Board in 2021. This represents a market value of $4 billion, which is equal to 15% of the total market value for the year.

March 2023

In 2021, the Cameron Appraisal District certified $13 billion as the total market value of houses in the county. This is equivalent to 50% of the market value of all property types. The total market value of all property types valued by Cameron Appraisal District is $26 billion.

February 2023

The total Cameron Appraisal District’s budget was $5.7 million for 2021. The appraisal district managed to value 215,055 total parcels in the same year, so one can do the math to see the average budget per tax parcel was about $27.

January 2023

Cameron CAD’s estimate of the value of real and personal property in Cameron County for tax year total $26 billion, including houses, land, multifamily, oil & gas, utilities, industrial, personal property and other. Annual Cameron County property taxes total about $655 million based on these tax assessments and a 2.5% tax rate.

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