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El Paso County Property Tax Trends Website

www.ElPasoCountyPropertyTaxTrends.com documents that El Paso County Appraisal District has experienced moderate growth in market value. The number of tax parcels has been flat. Moderate increases in assessed values have resulted in El Paso County residents to protest at well below the statewide average. El Paso is at 6% versus the statewide average of 10%. This site has details on number of tax protests, appraisal review board members, budget, number of appraiser total market value, total taxes levied, value by type of property, number of judicial appeals, number of appraisal district staff, appraisal district budget and much more.

The market value of El Paso County taxable property rose from $45 billion in 2014 to $52 billion in 2018. This is a 15.6% increase over 5 years; 3.1% per year. This is slightly higher than inflation for property tax purposes. These 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 El Paso County Appraisal District (ECAD) have vacillated between $21 and $62 million during 2012 to 2018. Commercial accounts were reduced $32.5 million in 2018 versus residential accounts for $6.2million. There are more residential accounts protested but the commercial accounts receive a large portion of appeal reductions. Their value is also much higher. The ratio of tax savings at the administrative hearings is 16% single family and 84% commercial. This ratio is low for single-family.

The number of tax protests in El Paso Appraisal District has almost risen by half; from 19,220 in 2014 to 27,250 in 2018, a 42% increase. However, the number as a % of total accounts is low. It is currently about 6% but should be 30%. Spread the word to your friends and coworkers to appeal their property taxes. The property tax appeal is routine obligation of the owner, like changing the oil in a car, or having the HVAC checked annually. If the tax assessment is not watched routinely, it will become a problem.

This increase is a good start and we want to keep the momentum growing. El Paso County Appraisal District 2018 property tax protests include 15,040 residential and 12,210 commercial accounts. Residential accounts for 54% of the appeals but for 16% of the savings ($6.2million out of $38.8 million in 2018). It would be good to see more property tax protests in El Paso County.

Judicial appeals in El Paso County have ranged from 441 to 526 during 2014 to 2018. The number appears stable. Property tax savings in El Paso County due to judicial appeals have been moderate given the size of the county. Most appeals are resolved without trial. Judicial appeal tax reduction average $15 million per year from 2014 to 2018.

The El Paso County Appraisal District budget rose from $12.05 million in 2012 to $14.95 million in 2018, a 24% increase over 7 years. This average 3.4 annual increase in ECAD budget is below than the average rate of increase in appraisal district budgets.

The El Paso County Appraisal Review Board has generally ranged from 30 to 35 members during 2012 to 2018.

The number of appraisers has increased from 40 in 2014 to 53 in 2018.

2020 property tax deadline is May 15th; deadlines to protest are not extended due to Covid-19.

Visit www.ElPasoCountyPropertyTaxTrends.com to learn more.

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Patrick O’Connor, MAI, Owner and President
Patrick O’Connor has been active in reducing property taxes, providing expert witness testimony and appraising commercial real estate property since 1983. Pat is active in publishing analyses and data with respect to the real estate market, while being a highly regarded media spokesperson for the real estate community. He holds a MAI, the highest achievable designation from the Appraisal Institute, and is a licensed senior property tax consultant. Pat earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. In 2001, he authored the first definitive consumer guide to Texas property taxes, Cut Your Texas Property Taxes.

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