Most property owners believe appraisal districts should cut taxable values in 2021. 93% of Texas property owners surveyed by O’Connor thought appraisal districts should reduce values in 2021 due to the impact of COVID.

Fort Bend Appraisal District raised the overall taxable value of commercial properties by 16.28%, for the 18,626 commercial properties with 2021 values available. The 2021 increase in Fort Bend Appraisal District taxable values is summarized below:

Office                    32.95%

Land                      4.42%

Retail                    33.01%

Warehouse          68.41%

Apartment          18.11%

Hotel                    9.09%

Taxable values were increased for 515 of 695 office buildings.  The total assessed value increased to $21.51 billion in 2021 from $15.74 billion in 2020.  The increases are surprising considering the impact of COVID on office occupancy.

Land values soared 4.42%.  The taxable value of vacant land rose from $13.66 billion last year to $14.40 billion in 2021.  More than 31.52% of landowners saw higher taxable value; land assessments were increased for 603 of 1,913 tracts of land with 2021 values available. Demand for land for develop fell in 2020 due to uncertainty caused by COVID.

Increases in retail properties were the biggest surprise.  Scores of national retailers have filed for bankruptcy.  Thousands of local tenants have abandoned leases due to COVID.  Yet the taxable value of retail properties were increased for 529 of 638 retail properties with new values available.   The total taxable value rose to $31.20 billion from $23.42 billion in 2020.

Warehouse properties saw the largest increase for improved commercial properties in Fort Bend County, with values increasing a whopping 61.56%.  The 2021 taxable value was increased for over half of the properties with new values available.; 157 of 255 warehouses were increased.  The total taxable value spiked to $11.38 billion from $9.636 billion in 2020.

Taxable values were increased for 13 of 20 apartments.  The total assessed value increased to $4.540 billion in 2021 from $2.696 billion in 2020.  The increases are surprising considering the impact of COVID on apartment occupancy.

Hotel properties saw an increase in Fort Bend County, with values increasing by 9.09%.  The 2021 taxable value was increased for over half of properties with new values available; 29 of 46 hotels were increased.  The total taxable value increased to $2.430 billion in 2021 from $2.227 billion in 2020.

The property tax protest deadline is May 17th. Fort Bend County commercial property owners are encouraged to appeal regardless of whether their value increased.  There is a strong argument commercial values are lower in 2021 compared to a year ago due to COVID.  Many if not most commercial properties are expected to have a lower taxable value compared to last year, but ONLY if the 2021 value is appealed.

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