Property Tax Inquiries Call 713.290.9700

How we Forced HCAD to Start Providing HB 201 data

The Texas property tax code is favorable to property owners. Unfortunately, appraisal districts and appraisal review boards often choose to ignore these sections of the Texas property tax code that are friendly to property owners. An example of this is the sections that provided the appraisal district must provide property owners with the evidence they plan to present at the hearing at least 14 days before the hearing. Further evidence not provided to the property owner 14 days before the hearing cannot be presented at the hearing.

These requirements have been a part of the Texas tax code for at least 20 years. O’Connor and Associates is proud to have been a leader in guiding appraisal districts to start providing property owners this information. The first appraisal district where we were successful in guiding the appraisal district to start providing this information is Harris County appraisal District.

When O’Connor and Associates first started making this request of Harris County appraisal District, they were irritated and nonresponsive. They took the position that the statute meant that they only had to present information that they planned to provide at the hearing. And since they not yet part about the hearing, they were not required to provide any information since they had not decided what evidence to present.

After a series of meetings and discussions, Harris County appraisal District Atty. John Renfro led the way in guiding Harris County appraisal District to agree that the statute required they must hurt by the evidence they plan to present at least two weeks prior to the hearing.

Unfortunately, the Harris County appraisal District attorneys still the position that they present any information they chose since they had not decided whether or not presented two weeks prior to the hearing.

This is still a contentious area with many if not most appraisal districts. They do not like the concept of having to select and present the evidence they plan to provide at the hearing, two weeks prior to the hearing. They also do not like being limited in the evidence of a can present at the hearing to what was previously provided. At least one appraisal district and a central Texas County has threatened retribution O’Connor Associates requires them to provide the evidence they plan to use at the hearing two weeks ahead of the hearing.

O’Connor and Associates continues to work with counties to educate them regarding the requirements of the statutes regarding providing evidence prior to the hearing and not using evidence which was not provided prior to the hearing.

Blog Author

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.

Property Tax Protection Program™

No cost to enroll

Recents

The Residential Property Protection Program™
is powered by O’Connor
  • Enter your information below and your documents and enrollment information will be emailed to you within one business day

  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Call 713.290.9700 to discuss with a representative.

    Please monitor your E-mail and spam filter. If you don't receive your enrollment documents within 24 business hours, call 713.290.9700 8am - 5pm CST

  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

When you submit your enrollment, you understand this is a risk free offer to you. If your taxes are not reduced you PAY NOTHING, and a portion of the tax savings is the only fee you pay when your taxes are reduced.

Property Tax Protection Program™

You pay nothing unless we reduce your property taxes, and then only a portion of the savings. There is no flat fee, no sign up fee and no setup fee. We protest your property taxes aggressively every year, and you only pay if and when we reduce your property taxes.

O’Connor is the largest property tax consulting firm in the U.S. Our licensed tax consultants and administrative support team benefits home and property owners by reducing property tax assessments, filing personal property renditions, reviewing tax statements, protesting over-assessed property values, and attending informal tax hearings and appraisal review board meetings.

 

We work tirelessly to protest and lower your taxes with:

  • Informal hearings
  • Appraisal Review Board (ARB) hearings
  • Coordinating judicial appeals